What is Dev Catalyst?
Dev Catalyst began in 2013 with the mission of improving technology education and growing tech talent among West Tennessee students. Dev Catalyst has expanded since it’s origins and provides online and industry-current coding education to build our nation's tech talent pipeline in the areas of web development, physical computing, UX and data management.
how does it work?
Dev Catalyst is rooted in developing student coders who are marketable in today’s workforce and we offer three high school competition categories: Hardware Development, Novice Web Development and Data Development.
Students in the Hardware Development category gain experience in physical computing as they work with a team to develop a product. Students in Novice Web Dev seek out local businesses or nonprofit organizations to serve as their “client” for a website project to add to their online portfolios. Through this collaboration between client and student, students further develop their professional and coding skills. Our Data Dev track teaches students to implement and utilize relational database systems that their dev team can use in creating their data-driven applications.
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Dev Catalyst rewards the top performing students at an event with awards such as trophies and all-expenses-paid trips on our San Francisco Tech Tour. The Tech Tour includes visiting companies such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pivotal Labs.
Opportunities to work collaboratively on special projects under the mentorship of tech professionals
Speaking of special projects, we've created Student Dev Teams that have worked on awesome projects in the community. Get more details about each dev team by clicking on the following: Summer of 2016 Socktober website and Summer of 2017 Jackson-Madison County Library's Big Read website. We look forward to future project opportunities for some of the best and brightest of the students in the program.
Professional development opportunities including workshops built with you, the teacher in mind
One free administrative account per school to the Dev Catalyst Learn platform
Supplemental classroom resources
Opportunity to attend the San Francisco Tech Tour as a Top Teacher