SPARK is a coding and entrepreneurship program for District middle school students. Created by Connect.DC in partnership with Luma Lab, the program provides education, mentorship and a positive learning environment that engages and teaches technical and entrepreneurial skills to students of all backgrounds. Luma Lab is the education arm of Clearly Innovative, a minority-owned web and mobile development agency that designed the apps for DC Health Link and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
SPARK teaches students to brainstorm mobile app ideas and build mobile app prototypes. Students also learn to pitch and present their ideas to industry professionals. Students gain experience with basic programming through instructors and online coding tools and use their knowledge to create mobile solutions to community problems. SPARK will help students build skills they can use to fully participate in DC’s growing innovation economy.
The pilot program will take place at three DCPS middle schools:
- Raymond Education Campus (Ward 4)
- Kelly Miller Middle School (Ward 7)
- Leckie Education Campus (Ward 8)