West Virginia University at Parkersburg, in partnership with FirstEnergy, will host the 2018 Teen Tech Academy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 30 – Aug. 2. The academy will allow attendees to gain hands-on experience with various software and equipment while providing the opportunity to learn more about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field and possible careers.
The class list includes, but is not limited to: introduction to computer science technology and security, Raspberry Pi 3, Linux and Raspbian Operating Systems, and Python programming and game design. Attendees will receive a Raspberry Pi, a small single-board computer, which they will take home when the academy is over.
“Technical career growth shows no signs of slowing,” said WVU Parkersburg Entrepreneur Center Coordinator Logan Mace. “With technologies becoming accessible, and supporting business like FirstEnergy, there is an increasing interest in the STEM field. We hope participants will see the potential to turn their passions into long-term, lucrative careers.”
Partnering with WVU Parkersburg and providing grant funding for Teen Tech Academy, FirstEnergy supports non-profit organizations within its service areas to promote interest in computer and science education. FirstEnergy also provides workforce advancement with professional development through community leadership and volunteerism as well as economic development and revitalization efforts.
“We are thankful for partners such as First Energy who support early learning and WVU Parkersburg’s efforts to offer a variety of educational activities for regional youth,” said Michele Wilson, WVU Parkersburg Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development.
Teen Tech Academy registration is closed. For more information on future Workforce and Economic Development academies and events, contact Logan Mace at ude.puvwnull@ecaM.nagoL or 304-424-8000 ext. 606.