The 2011 season for SITES (Student Information Technology Education Scholarship) is scheduled to begin Saturday, February 5, 2011. SITES is an outreach program from the Cleveland chapter of BDPA, a non-profit organization geared toward the education and advancement of minorities in the area of IT. Our purpose is to expose and train youth in grades 8-12 in the use of technology to stimulate and sustain their interest in science and technology. Students are given an introduction to basic web design and computer concepts. Through team exercises, class and homework assignments, students obtain a better appreciation and understanding of what it takes to build a quality web application. This culminates in June and allows the students to compete on teams at a regional competition against chapters of other cities.
The second half of the season focuses on those students who have excelled in the first portion of training equipping them with additional skills which include working on teams, project management, presentation and oratory skills, advanced problem-solving and time management. With additional training through the end of July the named team of five students prepare to compete on a national level during the BDPA National Conference, this year being held in Chicago, IL, against registered teams from across the U.S. A second group is identified to attend the youth technology camp, which is held in conjunction to the programming competition.
If you think this would be an experience you or your young adult would be interested in, we welcome you to join us at our opening session meeting on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at John Carroll University, Dolan Science Center, room E233, entrance closes to Warrensville Center Rd. Classes will continue on Saturday from 1 - 4 P.M. thereafter, except for noted holiday weekends.
You can help these talented students by visiting http://www.crowdrise.com/BDPACleveland.
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Below: Photos from a 2011 SITES Class Session