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support ... whether you plan to attend in person or not! Can you do that
We are proud to announce that the 2014 BDPA Midwest Region High
School Computer Competition (HSCC) and IT Showcase (ITSC) will be held
Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Cincinnati State Technical College.
BDPA seeks to effectively use technology to stimulate and sustain the
interest of young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (STEM) education. while at the same time opening up their
career awareness within the IT industry. BDPA engages partners in the
business, K-12 and higher education, and other community organizations
in its efforts to advance the careers of African Americans in the IT
industry from the classroom to the boardroom. BDPA envisions the
possibility that all K-16 students are interested in and ready for STEM
careers and that a high percentage of STEM jobs are filled by educated
students in our region.
BDPA stepped up to the challenge by hosting this Midwest Region HSCC
and IT Showcase on June 21, 2014. Students have been invited from
Central Illinois, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit,
Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Southern Minnesota, St. Louis and the Twin
Cities and Los Angeles to gather for an opportunity to compete in oral
exams, written tests, presentations and web-based design/programming
projects. Many of the students in this regional HSCC championship will
have opportunity to travel to Indianapolis later this summer for the
28th annual National BDPA HSCC Championship in an effort to dethrone the
defending HSCC champions from Rochester, Minnesota.
Another inspiring aspect of the event was the BDPA IT Showcase. This
event aspires to create young people with skills and interest in
pursuing STEM-based Ph.D. degrees after they graduate from college.
There are too few people of African descent getting doctoral degrees in
computer science and other STEM-based curriculum. BDPA hopes to create a
pipeline of such academic superstars with its BDPA IT Showcase.
BDPA is committed to prepare our children for careers in science and
engineering long before they are of college age. BDPA has a number of
programs that enrich the pre-college STEM curriculum in the nation’s
K-12 school systems, and encourage young students to take the requisite
courses for careers in those fields. While the lack of preparation
crosses all demographics, it is particularly acute in under-served
We encourage you to find a way to support BDPA programs as either a
volunteer or donor. Please contact BDPA Midwest Region HSCC and ITSC
project manager Carl Matthews on (513) 549-6991 if you have questions or
wish to discuss further. Please RSVP for this event if you support what
we are trying to do!