The Internet Association And Its Members Host After-School All-Stars STEM Summer Camp, Highlight Opportunities Across Tech Industry
Beckerman: “By introducing students to the exciting career opportunities in the Internet sector today, they will apply themselves in school and become the Internet founders and engineers of tomorrow.”
New York, NY—This week, the Internet Association, in partnership with several of its member companies, hosted 50 middle school students and staff from low-income communities in New York City and Newark participating in After-School All-Star’s STEM CampUs. The camp is funded in part with funds received from the Internet Association Charity Gala, which raised $75,000 for After-School All-Stars this year.
Over the course of the camp, students attended classes with a curriculum focused on developing an understanding and awareness across science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. The goal of the camp is to help prepare students for high school, college, and ultimately, dynamic careers in the high growth technology sector. During the week-long intensive program, students build a robot and participate in an Innovation Challenge, which gives them the opportunity to use what they learned in a practical setting.
“By introducing students to the exciting career opportunities in the Internet sector today, they will apply themselves in school and become the Internet founders and engineers of tomorrow. Our partnership with After-School All-Stars is vital because they are helping students develop the foundation necessary for success in the innovation economy,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association.
As part of their program, students met with representatives from the Internet Association and its members, including Amazon, Facebook, Gilt, and Twitter, to gain a real world understanding of what different functional roles exist within Internet companies.
About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive afterschool programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities. Nearly 75,000 children from 15 U.S. regions benefit: ASAS serves Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington, D.C, and starting in fall 2015, Cleveland and Tampa. For more information, visit www.as-as.org
About the Internet Association
The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, represents the interests of the leading Internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon, Auction.com, Coinbase, eBay, Etsy, Expedia, Facebook, FanDuel, Gilt, Google, Groupon, IAC, Intuit, LinkedIn, Lyft, Monster Worldwide, Netflix, Pandora, PayPal, Pinterest, Practice Fusion, Rackspace, reddit, Salesforce.com, Sidecar, Snapchat, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Twitter, Uber Technologies, Inc., Yahoo!, Yelp, Zenefits, and Zynga. The Internet Association is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect Internet freedom, foster innovation and economic growth, and empower users