We are in the midst of reflecting, planning and redesigning the curriculum for next year. Our of 2014 registration forms, curriculum, and resources live by November 13, 2013. Please sign up for Technovation here.
Technovation Challenge encourages a suite of transferable skills in our students that reach beyond a traditional, classroom-based computer science curriculum. The curriculum has the direct, hands-on application of creating a personally relevant mobile app instead of taking a programming test in a classroom. The interdisciplinary focus on applied computer science and business encourages girls to work as part of a team to create an original and relevant product. The Pitch events challenge the girls further by asking them to communicate their ideas, process, and final product to an audience and panel of experts.
Our curriculum utilizes App Inventor, a blocks-based language that is ideal for beginners because it is a visual (rather than textual) interface, which demonstrates programming concepts in a very intuitive and straightforward way. App Inventor is used by high-level universities such as MIT, USF, and Wellesley, as well as other youth-oriented app development programs such as Apps for Good.
In addition to programming, the Technovation curriculum also teaches students the basic fundamentals of entrepreneurship through a philosophy known as Lean. The Lean methodology is taught by 9 of the top 10 U.S. business schools and recommended by Sheryl Sandberg. Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, was a guest speaker in the 2012 Technovation program (see video below).
2014 Tech Field Trip and Hack Day (App Inventor Training)
The Technovation course provides virtual field trips of tech companies. Videos feature high-tech women executives and engineers talking about their careers and the big problems they solve every day.
Hack Day tutorials provide training using App Inventor for Android that can be completed on-line or at a one-day, in-person event.
Below are the quick links to the training course components:
The Technovation course provides step-by-step tutorials on how to program an app, create a business plan, and deliver a pitch. At the end of the course, teams submit their apps, business plans, and video pitches to enter the competition.
Below are the quick links to the weekly lessons and other additional resources on the course: