MEGA partnered with The Moore Legacy Foundation to offer students hands-on information technology experience at the Next Steps Educational Academy (NSED) STEM Camp as part of a pilot program over the summer. The program’s activities are designed to introduce IT as a viable career option to students.
MEGA mentee Savior Rentz, a junior at Thomas Dale High School, signed up and successfully completed the camp July 26 to Aug. 6.
NSED Academy STEM Camp is a day camp experience that centers IT fundamentals and knowledge of computer components as the basis for understanding computer networking, coding and cybersecurity.
Rentz said learning about the foundations of technology and computing was very impactful. “I managed to gain the knowledge I needed to build my own computer,” he said. “I’ve learned how to deal with errors in the motherboard, and how to adapt, improvise and overcome my obstacles.” Rentz was able to keep the computer he built after completing the camp.
After the successful summer pilot, MEGA will be expanding this program in the fall for its high school students.
“We’re so excited to open up this opportunity to our students,” said Mack Moore, MEGA’s treasurer. “We’re extremely grateful to The Moore Foundation for its partnership and look forward to positively shaping our students’ futures together.”