Code A Wish Corp Hosts AI 101 Summer Virtual Series for Teens amid Pandemic
“Code A Wish Corp” is a Maryland 501(c)3 non-profit that is run by teens and for teens. The group hosted a teenager technology conference in 2019 called "the Future Summit" and it was a blast. To continue the STEM outreach to even more teens, especially those that are under privileged amid the pandemic in 2020, the group has kicked off a new virtual summer series called “AI 101”. The aim is to deliver fundamental AI education to the next generation via interactive webinars. Hundreds of students have signed up and the initiative has drawn attention from local and national media.
July 30, 2020 (FPRC) -- “Code A Wish Corp” is a Maryland 501(c)3 non-profit that is run by teens and for teens. The club was started by six high schoolers that come from Montgomery, Howard, and Fairfax County in the Greater Washington DC area in the summer of 2019. They shared the same vision that public schools nationwide have an educational gap on teaching the latest technology such as AI, especially to those that are under privileged. The founder of the non-profit Faith Cheung, a senior from Richard Montgomery High School first started a school chapter of “Girls who Code” and realized the need for technology education is unmet by the public school curriculum. After teaching coding at local libraries and even foster homes in Taiwan, she founded the non-profit at the end of the summer of 2019. A team of six like-minded high school students swiftly was formed and the idea of running a tech conference called “the Future Summit” began. With months of extensive planning and coordination, the tech conference went live on November 16th, 2019 at the Hilton in Gaithersburg, MD. The “Future Summit” proved to be a huge success. More than 200 teens from the East Coast were in attendance to hear prominent entrepreneurs and computer scientists give cutting edge speeches on machine learning, voice technology AI and the fourth industrial revolution.
Keywords: non-profit, STEM education, high school technology webinar
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