Essential to the success of SUT is intensive teacher training and ongoing professional development of middle school teachers, who will implement SUT in all of NFTE’s 7 regions: Capital, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, New England, South, Southeast and West.
SUT partners with volunteer entrepreneurs, tech industry experts and business leaders, linking the students with caring mentors and connectors to local industry. These individuals usher real-world experience into the classroom and help coach NFTE students as they explore computational thinking and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s App Inventor, create their own viable business ideas, explore sustainable business models and learn how to pitch their ideas to investors.
The culmination is the year-end Startup Showcases where SUT students demonstrate their marketable digital solutions for community problems, pitch their business concepts and compete for seed funding.
Through an All Points North Foundation grant, NFTE will expand access to the SUT program in the 2021-2022 academic year, reaching more middle schoolers with high-quality, STEM-centric learning and NFTE-trained educators.
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