TechTown campers are building their own games and robots, though the nonprofit organization’s partnerships with schools.
In Hamilton County, Tennessee, TechTown has partnered with Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, East Lake Academy, Orchard Knob Elementary, Orchard Knob Middle and The Howard School to boost STEM education.
According to TechTown CEO Chris Ramsey, the mission of the organization is to develop young innovators by working alongside schools, providing access for children to the latest technology.
“We’re getting students’ minds to think about what’s possible, not what’s impossible,” Ramsey said. ” … It’s all about exposure.”
Principals in the Learning Partnership are enthusiastic about how the program boosts student success.
East Lake Academy principal Lakesha Carson says that the partnership with TechTown energizes students and teachers, boosting confidence. And in high school, students are developing and strengthening their critical thinking skills, and working in collaboration, according to Howard principal Chris Earl.
“It’s preparing kids for the job market and helps them be competitive in the ever-changing workforce,” Earl said.