STEM@TIM reaches the Michigan Community

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Michigan’s first STEM Career Showcase, produced by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and the MI STEM Partnership took place on Thursday, September 7th at the 1st annual Technology in Motion (TIM) Detroit event.

Featuring exhibits such as Consumers Energy, MI Robotics Institute, MI-Light, MI Science Center, DASI Solutions and many more, the event provided an opportunity for students, parents and educators to get great information about in-demand STEM careers and educational opportunities, as well as to hear expert panelists on topics such as:

  • The Importance of STEM to Michigan’s Economy
  • Solving the STEM Talent Problem Thru Diversity
  • The STEM Gender Gap and How to Close It
  • How to Find a STEM Job in Today’s Market
  • Increasing the Availability of STEM Training
  • STEM Students; Are they prepared for STEM careers?

Panel members included representatives from firms such as:  Ford Motor Company, Birmingham Schools, Oakland University, Education Planning Resources, Workforce Intelligence Network, Consumers Energy, Mobile Technology Assn of MI, Oakland Community College, Lawrence Technological University, MI Science Center, Society of Automotive Engineers, University of MI, ardentCause, New Shore LLC, Sargon Partners, GTB, Moveable Bytes, GE, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Coretek Services, MI Afterschool Partnership, Project Lead the Way, STEM.org, Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Eco-system, Amy Cell Talent, Robotic Intelligence Software, RIIS and NHacks.

Sponsors for the STEM@TIM event included: MI Afterschool Partnership, Consumers Energy, Oakland Community College, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office Washtenaw Community College and Henry Ford College.

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Less than a Month to go to Mobile World Congress Americas!

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There is less than a month left till the doors at Moscone Center open, and what a whirlwind it will be!

MTAM is a media partner for the event and we, along with the team at GSMA, are looking forward to a brand new and exciting MWC Americas. But in the meantime, there is still so much to do. While we’re getting ready for the event, we want to make sure you’re informed with the latest news so you will be best prepared.

Start off with getting yourself a copy of the latest eBrochure. It contains the most recent announcements, updates and program details for everything MWC Americas! A digital publication that’s designed with the attendee in mind, it’s your perfect arsenal of information.

Registration is key, so make sure you have completed your registration before heading onsite. You will need to have your Final Confirmation with QR code and an ID to collect your badge. Learn more about badge collection HERE.

Have you started planning your trip? There are tons of great HOTEL OPTIONS within the venue that will make getting to and from the Moscone Center a breeze. We also rounded up TRAVEL OPTIONS to make your journey easier.

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Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), Michigan STEM Partnership to Host STEM Career Showcase at Technology in Motion Detroit

Diversity of STEM-related career opportunities for high school and college students, career changers to be showcased with interactive exhibits, panels, expert speakers, videos

STEM logo from Crain's with MTAM & PartnershipThe Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), the Michigan STEM Partnership and Technology in Motion (TIM) announced that they have joined forces to create a STEM Career Showcase at the inaugural TIM Detroit conference and trade show. TIM Detroit, scheduled for Sept. 6-8, 2017, will feature a STEM Village of exhibitors for the duration of the event, as well as STEM-focused speakers, panels and activities on September 7th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

“Careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields are the fastest-growing careers in the global marketplace and they’re also the most in-demand jobs in Michigan,” said Gary Farina, Executive Director at the Michigan STEM Partnership. “Partnering with MTAM and TIM Detroit on the STEM Career Showcase provides a real-world platform for the Michigan STEM Partnership and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan to demonstrate exactly what it takes to prepare the next generation for careers in the automotive and technology fields.”

TIM Detroit is a three-day event co-produced by Crain Communications and MSX International, and will serve as the intersection of automotive and technology, highlighting the rapidly-growing interest in connectivity, autonomy, mobility and the shared economy. It will highlight the future of mobility by showcasing the most advanced technology for the next generation of vehicles. TIM Detroit will also include on-site events, product exhibitions, presentations and panel discussions   featuring leading innovators in transportation and technology.

“It is not only critical that we engage students in a program like this to clearly demonstrate the opportunities and benefits of working in the automotive and technical industries and living in Detroit, but many of our sponsors, participants and exhibitors coming to TIM Detroit have a direct need for highly trained, technically skilled and creative workers,” said Dave Graff, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for MSX International.

The STEM Careers Village will feature exhibits from companies seeking to increase awareness among students, parents,   educators and career-changers on the mobility / connected technologies career opportunities that exist for students and career-changers to pursue, and the type of education and skills required to succeed in such careers. The STEM Career Showcase will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, videos from STEM professionals, interactive opportunities and more to increase enthusiasm about pursuing STEM-related careers.

Topics to be discussed during the STEM Career Showcase event include:

  • How to find a STEM job in today’s marketplace
  • Solving the STEM talent problem through diversity
  • The STEM gender gap and how to close it
  • The importance of STEM to Michigan’s economy
  • Increasing the availability of STEM training

MTAM Executive Director, Linda Daichendt indicates, “Skilled STEM talent is in exceptionally high demand – nationally, and in Michigan – particularly in fields associated with mobility and connected technologies. Studies have shown that Michigan will have a need for 100,000 additional people in these fields by 2020. Therefore, it is critical that we educate students and those seeking second or alternative careers about the lucrative, challenging and fulfilling career opportunities available to them once they’ve completed STEM-related training programs so they will make the choice to pursue these fields.”

Students from local universities and high schools will be given complimentary attendance for the STEM @ TIM event and will be invited to attend and participate in event demonstrations. They will also be able to view the TIM Pitch competition – where start-ups showcase their innovations to industry leaders – as well as the Hack-a-thon, which will challenge software experts to solve specific tasks. The TIM Pitch Competition will take place starting Sept. 6 at 3:00 p.m. and continue into Sept. 7, when the winners are announced. The Hack-a-thon will take place throughout the event.

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Understanding the growth of the autonomous car market

Most of us are well aware of the on-going evolution of connected and autonomous vehicles and the way it will change our personal and business lives. Experts are predicting that autonomous vehicles will decrease accidents, improve fuel efficiency, decrease traffic jams, and likely have a positive impact for consumers on insurance rates as well. But there is still much that we don’t know. To help us gain a better understanding about connected and autonomous vehicles, we suggest a review of this “Get Off Road” infographic about the growth of the autonomous car market. The Growth Of The Autonomous Car Market

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Mobile Monday Detroit: Connected Mobility – Beyond the Car

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan’s Detroit Chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan explores connected mobility – beyond the car – to learn how Michigan is engaging in this high-growth area of connected technologies across all transportation sectors

MobileMondayMichigan-LogoDETROIT, MI – Mobile Monday Detroit will explore connected transportation / mobility to help our audience understand what it means beyond the car.  Expert speakers will discuss connected mobility as it applies to all modes of transportation, the infrastructure that facilitates the connection, the laws that regulate it, and the software that enables the connection. The event takes place on Monday, June12th, 5:30 p.m. at RIIS in Troy.

Connected transportation / mobility is a very diverse field requiring knowledge, resources and involvement from many partners to make it happen, and correspondingly, it provides many unique and interesting opportunities in a wide variety of specialty areas that can enable extremely rewarding careers. Michigan is leading the way nationally and internationally in many of these fields, and our speakers will give us context to understand the state’s role in this segment of the connected technologies industry.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Smart, Chief Technology Officer, American Center for Mobility
  • Collin Castle, Connected Vehicle Specialist, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility, City of Detroit

The event is free to attend but advance reservations via Meetup ARE REQUIRED in order to attend; make your reservation at http://meetup.com/Mobile-Monday-Detroit. Refreshments will be served courtesy of our host and sponsor, RIIS. Free parking is available onsite.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and RIIS.

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About Mobile Monday Michigan

Mobile Monday Michigan, a subsidiary of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a mobile/wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 3000 members state-wide.

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Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) Partners with Vision Mobile on 13th International Developer Survey

MTAM is again partnering with VisionMobile to seek input from mobile, IoT, desktop, cloud, web, AR/VR, machine learning and game developers

DETROIT, MI – The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is once again partnering with VisionMobile to seek developer input on the Developer Economics Q3 2017 survey. This is the 13th developer survey, focusing on tools, training and career development. Every year more than 40,000 developers around the world participate in this survey, so this is a chance for MTAM’s developer audience to be part of something global and to make your own contribution to the larger developer community.

The survey features questions on topics such as development resources and where to find them, tutorials and courses, distribution channels, developer tools and SDKs, as well as languages, platforms, app categories, new technologies, and revenue models. What’s great about this survey is that it’s 100% relevant since it has been made by a developer. Plus you’ll have an opportunity to learn about new tools – in only 15 minutes of your time!

de13_200x200_technomancer - banner1The Developer Economics survey is always designed to offer an extra fun factor. So this time, while taking it, your answers will be gradually forming a profile – showing you what kind of character you’d be in a sci-fi developer universe. When you finish, you’ll get to read your full profile. What’s your character going to be? A cyborg trooper, a technomancer, a smuggler? Take the survey and find out!

Participants can win one of the many prizes available including an iPhone 7, Pixel phone 32 GB, Oculus Rift and more. MTAM community participants will also have an opportunity to win a $50 Amazon voucher!

Last but not least, VisionMobile will show you how your responses compare to other developers’ in your country, so you’ll get a sense of how you compare to other devs. You’ll also be among the first to receive the Developer Economics Q3 2017 report (published August 2017) based on key survey findings. To participate, go to http://vmob.me/DE3Q17MTAM?fl=en.

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About VisionMobile

VisionMobile is the leading analyst firm in the developer economy, tracking global software developer trends via the largest, most comprehensive developer surveys worldwide. Our research helps the top technology firms understand who developers are, what tools they’re using, and where they’re going next. Developer Economics is VisionMobile’s flagship research program reaching more than 40,000 software developers annually in over 150 countries across all platforms, technologies and developer segments, from mobile, IoT, cloud, and desktop to games, AR/VR and machine learning.

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Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) Seeks Career Videos from Connected Tech-related STEM Professionals

MTAM is partnering with Michigan STEM Partnership and Inforum on an initiative to collect and share videos from STEM professionals to enable student awareness of, and encourage student participation in, STEM career opportunities

Video Initiative LogoDETROIT, MI – As part of the recently launched ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan is requesting its’ members and statewide audience contribute videos to the initiative about their connected technologies-related careers.

Targeting those working in all STEM fields, the ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’, will feature self-produced smartphone videos from STEM professionals across all industries throughout Michigan. These STEM professionals will be providing videos, typically 3 – 5 minutes in length, that will discuss the work they do, the type of education required, what they love about their job, and the “opportunity” from their perspective (ie: why students should pursue that career). These videos will then be hosted on the Michigan STEM Partnership website (at MISTEMPartnership.com/VideoShowcase), and in the case of the connected tech-related videos, also on the MTAM website (GoMobileMichigan.org) for review and use by students, parents and educators. The videos will also be shared in social media and public presentations by representatives of the involved partner organizations.

Goals for the initiative include:tablet - cell phone

  • Increasing student awareness of the wide variety of STEM-related careers, requirements to work in those careers, and the opportunity those careers provide for exciting, challenging and lucrative careers
  • Increasing parent awareness of the same in order to enable parents to see the value in supporting their children to go into STEM-related careers – particularly females and minorities who are currently severely under-represented in many STEM fields
  • Providing educators with a tool they can use as a part of their curriculum
  • Providing Michigan businesses an opportunity to showcase their firms and their employees as a potential recruitment tool
  • Providing STEM employees across every industry in Michigan an opportunity to showcase their expertise

Those working in connected technologies-related fields are aware of the high-demand for these skills and the severe shortage of available talent. U.S. Department of Labor and analyst studies have indicated that by 2020 the U.S. will be faced with a shortage of 1.4 million persons in connected tech-related fields; here in Michigan our share of that shortage is expected to exceed 100,000 persons.

MTAM Executive Director, Linda Daichendt indicates, “We’re at a critical juncture in Michigan; in less than 3 years we need 100,000 people that we won’t have unless we do something drastic.  We already have about 15,000 connected tech-related jobs in the state going unfilled. If we don’t find a way to solve this problem by getting our students, and those seeking second or alternative careers, interested in filling these jobs, then the jobs will go elsewhere, companies will leave and Michigan and its economy will be left behind. What likely isn’t well-known is that these jobs are very well paid. A study by MTAM and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation indicated that the average compensation for someone working in a connected tech-related position is about $89,000 per year, much higher than the average wage in the state!”

Daichendt further indicates, “We hope that those currently working in connected tech-related fields will be excited to share their enthusiasm about the work they do, and the companies they work for, by providing videos that we can share all around the state. We believe this can have significant impact on increasing participation in these fields in Michigan.”

Videos for the ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’ are currently being accepted. Those interested in participating can obtain details at http://MiSTEMPartnership.com/VideoShowcase.

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 About the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan

Based in Detroit and serving all of Michigan, MTAM is a non-profit trade association for connected technologies in Michigan, the firms who provide them, and the firms – in all industries – who use them. The organization’s mission is facilitating collaboration between varied sectors of the connected tech eco-system and other non-tech industries in order to drive innovation and opportunities involving these technologies; to increase the use of Michigan-based mobile/wireless technology products and services in-state, nationally and globally; to diversify Michigan’s economy thru the growth of connected technologies-enabled innovation in industries that otherwise would remain stagnant; to increase the productivity and profitability of every industry vertical in Michigan via the use of these technologies; to create sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in the state based on the use of these technologies, thereby achieving substantial growth of Michigan’s economy; and to help the communities we serve via the use of these technologies. Information about MTAM can be found at www.GoMobileMichigan.org.

About the Michigan STEM Partnership

The Michigan STEM Partnership, a 501c3 non-profit, promotes the impact of STEM careers on economic development across the State of Michigan, and strives to influence the career decisions of students as they prepare for their future. The Mission is to provide statewide connections and communications between employers, educators, students and parents, community and professional organizations, and policy-makers, providing strategic support for the development of resources and programs that provide for the effectiveness and sustainability of STEM education and talent development. Information about the Partnership can be found at MISTEMPartnership.com.

Inforum

Inforum combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies. Information about Inforum can be found at InforumMichigan.org.

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How can developers improve their paycheck?

de13_200x200_technomancer - banner1The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan is once again partnering with Vision Mobile to help gather developer input for the latest Developer Economics survey, and this time provides an opportunity for participants to win a $50 Amazon voucher, as well as many other prizes.

Are you involved in mobile, IoT, desktop, cloud, web, AR/VR, machine learning, or game development? Then we want your input! Click this link to get started, and read the article below to learn why the survey data we gather is so important to the developer community!


By Stijn Schuermans

Developers working in areas with a higher technical complexity generally earn more.

Talking of skills, developers who work in areas with a higher technical complexity – and therefore higher barriers to entry and ultimately fewer developers doing it – generally earn more. Developers that work on cloud computing and other backend services report higher salaries than those working on front-end web apps. Machine learning specialists make even more than the backend folks. In Western Europe, for example, the median web developer has a yearly gross salary of $35,400 USD, the median backend developer earns $39,500 and a machine learning developer makes $45,200. This relationship is seen across regions and also at higher wage levels. Web and mobile development are the most commoditised; there is a fairly low barrier to start making simple apps or websites, and these tasks are relatively easily outsourced to other regions.

Scarcity of skills drives up the price for developer services.

Scarcity of skills drives up the price for developer services. This is also true for new, emerging areas of development, like Augmented and Virtual Reality, or the Internet of Things, but only at the top end of the scale.The best developers in emerging areas earn top dollar, while the bottom half of the developer population makes less than their counterparts in more established sectors. Let’s compare Augmented Reality (AR) with backend developers in North America as an example. The median wage for an AR developer in that region is $71,000 USD, a good bit less than the $79,200 that the median backend developer makes. At the top end, however, AR development is more lucrative. At the 75th percentile, the AR developer is paid $132,300 and the backend developer $122,800. At the very top (90th percentile), the difference is even more pronounced: $219,000 for AR, $169,000 for backend. The reason for this wide range of salaries is that markets like AR/VR or IoT are still commercially underdeveloped. Companies that are early adopters pay large sums for skilled developers, who are scarce. At the same time, less experienced developers are attracted by the hype. Their compensation suffers both from a lack of relevant skill and from a lack of companies that are hiring in the early market.

Again this pattern repeats across regions. The exception is South Asia. The outsourcing model that drives software development in that region seems to be built on maintaining legacy code and developers there are less involved in emerging innovations (a conclusion that’s also supported by our developer population sizing research).

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We’re still a long way off a global market for developers!

We started this chapter by saying that developers can market their services location-independently if they choose to. However, it’s clear from the data that we’re still a long way off a global market for developers! The median web developer in North America for instance earns $73,600 USD per year. A Western European web developer earns half of that – $35,400 USD – although recent exchange rate shenanigans due to Brexit and the Euro-crisis will have affected that comparison. Web developers in other regions earn again half of that: between $11,700 in South Asia and $20,800 in Eastern Europe. Not just the region of the world you live in matters, but also the country and even the city you call home.

This opens up opportunities for organizations who will accept remote workers. You can hire a top 10% Eastern European back-end developer for less money than the median North American wage in that sector. For developers, it means that brushing up your English skills and looking for opportunities beyond your backyard can be very interesting indeed. Developers who take that leap and seek opportunities that pay to international standards are in the minority. This explains why top wages in emerging regions (Asia, the Middle East, Africa) are so exuberantly high compared to local standards. A Western developer in the top decile earns about three times as much as the median wage in his sector and region. In the emerging world, top wages are seven to ten times the median. The best developers in those regions work for multinationals or sell their services on international marketplaces, while most stay employed locally, at much lower remuneration levels.

So what’s a developer to do if you want to move up in the world, financially? Invest in your skills. Do difficult work. Improve your English. Look for opportunities internationally. Go for it. You deserve it!

Also find out where you stand compared to other developers in your country/ region by taking the Developer Economics survey and receiving instant feedback.


About the author

Stijn Schuermans | Senior Business Analyst
Stijn is the lead Internet of Things researcher in the VisionMobile analyst team. He has authored over 20 reports and research notes on mobile and the Internet of Things. As a senior business analyst, Stijn focuses on understanding how technology becomes value-creating innovation, how business models affect market dynamics, and the consequences of this for corporate strategy.

Stijn holds a master degree in electronics engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven and an MBA from Athens University of Economics and Business. He has over 10 years experience as an engineer, product manager, strategist and business analyst.

 

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Mobile Technology Association of Michigan Announces Support for nHacks High School Hack-a-thon

nHacks logoMichigan connected technologies trade association supports high school student-focused hack-a-thon event designed to encourage students to pursue computer science-related careers

DETROIT, MI – The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) today announced its support of the 2nd annual nHacks High School Hack-a-thon event taking place on Saturday, June 17th at Flextech Academy in Novi, MI. The event is free to attend for all high school students, but does require advance registration on the event website at http://nHacks.org.

nHacks is Michigan’s first hack-a-thon focused on bringing together a community of high-school students, at all levels of experience and diverse backgrounds, to engage in collaboration and innovation toward the creation of websites, mobile apps, or even hardware hacks.

Those attending the event will receive free refreshments, T-shirts and swag from sponsors, as well as workshops and mentoring by representatives from small business, enterprises and universities on topics such as web, Android and iOS development and more.

MTAM’s sponsorship of the event includes prizes for event winners, pre-event promotion, and a keynote address from Executive Director, Linda Daichendt.

Discussing MTAM’s decision to sponsor the event, Daichendt indicates, “Computer science is a basic building block for most who want to pursue a career in connected technologies of any kind, which is obviously important to our organization. Government data and analyst studies have indicated that by 2020 we should expect to see a nationwide shortage of 1.4 million people for computer science / connected technologies-related positions, and in Michigan our share of that shortage is expected to be over 100,000 people. That’s three years from now! Unfortunately, we’re not doing enough here in Michigan to encourage our students to pursue these careers, particularly students in high school who will be our next level workforce. So when we saw a high school student-focused hack-a-thon, we knew it was an event we needed to support as part of our effort to ensure that Michigan is able to build a strong computer science talent pool.”

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MTAM Supports Microsoft’s Innovative TEALS Program in Seeking Tech Volunteers to Help Fill Michigan’s High School Computer Science Education Gap

The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is partnering with Microsoft Philanthropies’ TEALS program in its effort to recruit tech volunteers to work with educators to expand the number of students in Michigan having access to computer science (CS) training. As the state’s connected technologies trade association who works every day to ensure an abundant potential CS workforce to meet the needs of our states businesses, MTAM clearly sees the value of a program that gives educators the knowledge and skills that they can continuously pass on to new groups of students every year. We wanted to be involved in making this available to Michigan students, and we hope you will too! Volunteers needs to be signed up by early June!


by Kip Fern, Senior Operations Project Manager, Microsoft TEALS

TEALS-logoDid you know that right now there are currently 500,000 unfilled programming jobs in the U.S.? In Michigan alone, there are over 14K open computing jobs. Many of these positions are high-paying.

Many computing careers are projected to grow at twice the rate of other jobs. We also know computer science helps build skills that are in-demand across industries such as computational thinking and problem solving. Yet most high schools do not teach computer science.

The good news is that tech companies and educators are finding new ways to bridge the gap. One of these solutions, TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools), is opening doors to new opportunities for high school students in Michigan and across the country.

TEALS is a grassroots program, supported by Microsoft Philanthropies, that helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs through partnerships between classroom teachers and tech industry volunteers. Over two years, classroom teachers gradually take over the responsibility of teaching the course on their own.

Today, TEALS serves 225 schools and 9,000 students across 25 states, through nearly 700 volunteers from more than 300 companies across the tech industries, including companies like Microsoft Philanthropies, Google, Amazon and Expedia to name just a few.

Watch the video below to see how TEALS is making a difference for students in one small Washington state community.

Bringing TEALS to Michigan

We are very excited to bring TEALS to Detroit and the surrounding area beginning in the 2017 – 2018 school year, but we need your help! We have until early June to find upwards of 40 volunteers.

“Computer science and technology skills are becoming increasingly necessary to succeed in the job market, and computing-related fields are the top source of good-paying jobs in the United States,” said Sen. Gary Peters, who this month visited Detroit International Academy, which is just one of the new Michigan schools that will host the TEALS program this Fall. “We need to ensure our students have access to courses and resources that will help them build these critical skills, but only 71 Michigan schools offered Advanced Placement computer science classes this year. Research shows that students who take computer science in K-12 are nearly ten times more likely to pursue it as a college degree, and that’s why I’m pleased the TEALS program will be adding 11 Michigan schools in the next school year to help provide these important resources to students across the state.”

The private sector plays an especially critical role in TEALS, which depends on volunteers from local companies to partner with classroom teachers to bring computer science into high schools. anyone with a computer programming background, and a desire to contribute to their community, is encourages to apply. TEALS arranges with schools for classes to be taught during first period, allowing volunteers to teach before the work day begins.

The best way to learn about TEALS is to hear directly from students and teachers.

  • “TEALS changed my life not only because it taught me how to code, it also showed me that even though something like computer science may be hard, you can still be good at it – and it can still be worthwhile,” says Arabia Simeon, a former TEALS student at the Young Women’s Leadership School in Brooklyn, N.Y. who is now a sophomore majoring in both computer science and art at Smith College in Northhampton, MA. “So I’m not pursuing computer science just for me; I’m doing it for so many other girls and kids out there in low-income communities. I want to help people be who they want to be – without any limitations.”
  • “I new how to teach to students, but the computer science, that was where I really needed some training,” says Susan Sears, a Manson Junior Senior High School teacher in rural Washington. “It’s been great to be able to learn alongside the students.”

If you are a computer science professional, retiree or graduate student in the state of Michigan, you are encouraged to sign up to volunteer. Please visit www.tealsk12.org/volunteers to see which schools in Michigan are participating for 2017 – 2018, to learn more about the program and to apply.


Kip Fern graduated from MIT with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science. At Microsoft, Kip was the very first program manager on the MicrosoftLIVE@EDU program (now known as Office 365 Education), worked on Outlook.com, and has also been a TEALS volunteer since 2012. Kip also was the Franchise Development Director on the very first Wii game (Madden ’07) while at EA Sports, and was the 4th employee at Concur, the worldwide leader in travel and expense management.

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