The Aspire Tech Bus

$563 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 25 months
The Tech Bus
I want to renovate a school bus into a mobile electronics lab and teach specialized computer courses to high school students in Detroit.

Web Development
Students will develop technical skills as well as the soft-skills to help them in whichever fields they choose. They will learn Agile Project Management, and work with tools like Scrum and Kanban. They will create LinkedIn profiles and professional email addresses, and learn how to present themselves on social media in a way which highlight their professional assets without compromising their personal online expression.

Students will be given a Raspberry Pi workstation to do their coding assignments. They will learn web and server programming. By the end of the class, each student will have a portfolio of code projects. They will have a website to showcase their projects, as well as a web server, on their Pi workstations, to host it.

I envision this program as a "high-tech voc-tech." Giving them high-tech skills before college will position them for success. Some of them will choose to pursue their education further at the college/ university level, others will venture into the professional and entrepreneurial ranks. Each of these outcomes not only benefit the City of Detroit, but have far-reaching implications that reverberate across the world.

By the end of the term, students will be able to
• set up and maintain a working web development workstation,
• design an interactive, responsive website
• write server code to host a website
• deploy a site to the web
• manage an Agile project
By the end of the term, students will have
• a Raspberry Pi workstation
• a professional code portfolio
• active LinkedIn and GitHub accounts

Mission Statement
We Aspire to increase the level of technical competence amongst kids in Detroit, and give them the tools they need to succeed in tech careers.

Through mentoring and training, we aim to equip students with the skills they need to successfully navigate careers in tech, directly from high school; whether that means pursuing degrees at the college/ university level, landing a job in tech, or becoming entrepreneurs.

We are a community who believes in lifting as we climb. We combine our various skill-sets and industry experience to provide guidance and serve as examples to the youth we serve. We are eternal seekers of knowledge, and work to instill this quality into our mentees.
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$563 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 25 months
Created September 30, 2016
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Rebecca Colett
25 months ago

Can't wait!

Ralph O'Neal
25 months ago

Excited about the future of Aspire and will support in any way I can

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