AT&T, Museum of Science and Technology, Tech4Kidz and Syracuse University team up to launch Syracuse’s first Summer Digital Literacy Program to help close the diversity gap in technology

The AT&T ‘Cuse Digital Experience, presented by the Museum of Science and Technology, Tech4Kidz and Syracuse University will host 110 local Syracuse City School students for a free summer digital literacy and STEM program to help address digital divide issues in Syracuse

Syracuse, NY – July, 2022 – AT&T, the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), Tech4Kidz and Syracuse University have partnered to create the region’s first free summer digital education and literacy program designed to address issues of equity in technology education and to help local students affected by the digital divide. The AT&T ‘Cuse Digital Experience is designed to encourage more underserved and diverse students to enter the field of technology, an industry that has long faced a widespread diversity gap. The program will provide more than 110 underrepresented Syracuse City School District students in grades 4 through 8 an opportunity to gain digital skills and readiness through unique technology-focused immersive experiences, encouraging them to explore a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational and career paths. The free program is made possible by financial support and programmatic cooperation from AT&T as part of the company’s three-year, $2 billion nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide and the homework gap.

The AT&T ‘Cuse Digital Experience, presented by the Museum of Science and Technology, Tech4Kidz and Syracuse University

The AT&T ‘Cuse digital experience will be organized in two parts. The first part of the program will be hosted by Tech4kids and professors from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) in collaboration with the Syracuse City School District for 80 students in grades 4 through 6 who attend summer school to provide additional digital literacy instruction in unique and fun hands-on activities to engage students. The program will be held at Frazer PreK-8 School and Bellevue Elementary School from August 1st to 5th (Session 1) and August 8th to 12th (Session 2) from 12pm-3pm each day. The second part of the program will be hosted by MOST and professors from Syracuse University’s iSchool from Monday, August 22 – Friday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the innovative museum for public school students from 6th grade to 8th grade.

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Over the course of the two program segments, students will learn a wide range of digital literacy skills, including cyber security, social media use, computer coding basics, keyboarding skills, artificial intelligence and finding factual news. . Students will also learn how technology can be used for good and community building by creating solutions and discovering creative uses to address issues affecting the region’s youth, such as digital citizenship. The AT&T ‘Cuse Digital Experience will also connect students with team-based coding projects designed to make a difference in their schools and their community, giving them hands-on experience developing their own technology. Both programs will culminate in a digital demo day to present their final digital projects, which will feature student-created avatars in the digital world that address issues of digital citizenship and how to stay safe online.

To eliminate economic barriers, the program is freeand lunch, snacks and transportation provided. To register, Syracuse-area youth and their parents must visit and complete the application. The program is open to Syracuse School District students in grades 6th through 8th. No previous technology experience is required. All applicants will be notified of the review process and potential acceptance prior to the start of the program.

(MOST) is a hands-on science and technology museum for all ages. MOST hosts numerous STEM education programs and community outreach events each year and is home to 35,000 square feet of permanent and traveling interactive exhibits. MOST’s vision is to be an outstanding science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment.

Tech4kidz offers educator workshops, classes for kids ages 8-15, and summer engineering/coding camps. These classes promote computational thinking and provide children with problem-solving skills that they will apply in all areas of school. Our goal is to engage children in technology from an early age and make them confident users of the technology around them.

Syracuse University is a private research university that advances knowledge across disciplines to foster breakthroughs and exceptional leadership. Its collection of 13 schools and colleges with over 200 customizable majors bridges the gap between education and action so students can take on the world. Inside and beyond the classroom, they connect people, perspectives, and practices to solve interconnected challenges with interdisciplinary approaches.

Digital literacy has become the new literacy and is the driver of all new global technology. With the growing demand to innovate, organizations across industries struggle to fill skilled positions. It is predicted that there will be 3.5 million STEM jobs by 2025, underscoring the importance of providing young people with the tools and skills needed to compete in this innovative economy. The urgency for a more diverse technology-trained workforce is highlighted by the low percentage of the diversity composition of the technology industry. This alarming lack of diversity in the tech industry and the growing STEM job market underscores the importance of offering programs like the AT&T ‘Cuse Digital Experience to young people of all backgrounds and economic situations.

AT&T’s support of this program is part of the company’s legacy of supporting educational programs focused on digital literacy and STEM disciplines in New York and is part of its ongoing commitment to digital equity through efforts that promote device accessibility, affordability with broadband, accessibility and secure adoption. for all. It builds on AT&T’s previous investments and long-term commitment to education, in which the company has contributed more than $600 million to programs that help millions of students in underserved communities since 2008, focusing on school success and student readiness. workforce by creating new learning environments and educational delivery systems to help students succeed and prepare them to undertake 21st century careers. AT&T is committed to leveraging technology and social innovation to help New Yorkers – regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic status – the opportunity to succeed by creating new learning environments and educational delivery systems that promote racial equity in achievement. academic and economic.

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