County challenges summer youth to identify challenges to address issues in TNI areas
Largo, MD – As a part of the larger Tech Prince George’s initiative, the Prince George’s County Office of Information Technology (OIT) has created a summer youth program that allows County youth, under the umbrella of the Prince George’s County Government Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP), to work in their area of career interest, while partnering with government, higher education and industry in order to gain valuable hands on expertise and to demonstrate that technology should play an important part in the successful execution of every professional field by using the scientific method in order to develop innovative solutions.
OIT’s summer youth program has been designed with a special sense of mission – and with a solid team of information technology (IT) professionals, all centering around the topic of technology, which has become an educational priority, not only in Prince Georges County, but also all across America, as we progressively re-tool to become maximally productive in the new Global Science & Technology Economy.
The focus this summer will be on Prince George’s County’s TNI and what young people can do to combine technology and innovative solutions in order to address some of the most vexing challenges that exist in the six respective TNI areas of Prince George’s County. The 18 students have been broken down into six equal teams and each teamed up with a paid mentor from Bowie State University. The teams will compete against each other to see which TNI team is able to develop an innovative solution, over the six week period, which has the most sustained impact.
This effort is a continuation of last year’s OIT STEAM Dream Team, which broke ten summer youth into two teams and also successfully challenged the STEAM Dream Team participants to find technology based solutions for issues that confronted Prince George’s County.
The TNI Teen Summer Faceoff will culminate on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 10:00 am with a ceremony that includes a review of the team presentations for the respective TNI projects and the selection of a winner. The panel of judges will consist of States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County Council Chair Mel Franklin and other distinguished guests. The location of the ceremony will be 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD.
About Tech Prince George’s
The sustained focus of Tech Prince George’s is on the long term development of a career pipeline and interceptive strategies to improve student matriculation and eventual career success in technology fields.
The goal of the program is to identify and develop students in the Prince George’s County who have demonstrated a sustained aptitude and interest in IT and to cultivate their educational and career growth so that they become future contributors to the economic success and viability of Prince George’s County.
This is made possible through partnerships between Prince George’s County Government, Prince George’s County Public School System (PGCPS), institutes of higher learning, nonprofit organizations and private industry. For more information, visit Tech Prince George’s.