HiTech benefits from four advisory groups:
1. Teens. Based on feedback from surveys completed by teens, we design a curriculum that will be engaging for this age group. For instance, when we learned that our students were interested in 3D animation, our instructors learned Blender, the open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creations. Our instructors then taught a series of classes that immediately filled to capacity.
Similarly, survey responses indicated that one group of students was not interested in STEM subjects. Reasons included, “We are interested in fashion.” What was our response? We explained to the students that their favorite six-hour lip gloss was actually chemical engineering, as was their favorite outfit made from wrinkle-free material. We then designed the hit series of HiTech classes called “The Technology of Fashion,” which included how to use Illustrator. The students thoroughly enjoyed the classes. Many have also discovered interests in classes in our other tracks.
2. HCLS HiTech Team. A knowledgeable team of HCLS instructors and experts contribute to all components of HiTech, meeting regularly to assess, modify, design, plan, etc., the curriculum.
3. HiTech Partners. Working closely with our HiTech partners, we infuse their ideas into the curriculum. Our partners include:
4. HiTech Board of Advisors. The HiTech Board of Advisors meets twice each year, providing advice and feedback on both the curriculum and the HiTech Expo. The Board includes:
What is HiTech?
Curriculum: Four Modules
A+ Partners in Education and HCLS Certifications
Press and Funding