“We wanted those taking part to look at ways to enhance their out-of-the-classroom digital learning while also focusing on community service,” said Heather Gate, Vice President, Digital Inclusion, CN. “The hope is that these projects will help students grow their digital skills in new ways, while also providing a strong foundation for creating positive and proactive change within their own communities.”
The teams had to first earn their spot in the finals—submitting applications earlier this year to take part. All final four teams to take part in the Kids Tech Summit earned prize money to help make their projects a reality. This is how the judges placed the competitors:
- C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California located in Los Angeles, CA – $7,500
- Pi515 located in Des Moines, Iowa – $5,000
- Computers 4 People located in Hoboken, New Jersey – $3,500
- Kahauiki Village located in Honolulu, Hawai’i – $2,000
C5LA provides students with support and guidance through high school and into their first college years. The program requires a high level of commitment from students — even requiring them to attend summer and weekend programs. The organization’s community project is focused on introducing STEM to younger populations.
“Our idea is to connect STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to the interests that kids already have,” Mariela Cruz-Suarez, who is a 10th grader at Abraham Lincoln High School, said about the project. “Before last summer, I didn’t know what STEM was or what to craft with it. But I’ve since learned that, as someone who is an aspiring entrepreneur, I use STEM to actually go from coming up with the idea to creating it myself.”
If you missed the competition, you can still watch it with your kids or students by heading to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peYFIY_YwXE. You can also learn more about all the teams taking part by heading to https://connectednation.org/kids-tech-summit/.
The Kids Tech Summit is a continuation of AT&T’s $10 million commitment to helping the nation’s most at-risk children. Through this commitment, AT&T and Connected Nation delivered hotspots to 150 schools and nonprofits across the country in 2021, which provided connectivity for more than 40,000 vulnerable students.
SOURCE Connected Nation