What is Dev Catalyst?

Dev Catalyst began in 2013 with the mission of improving technology education and growing tech talent among West Tennessee students. Since then, students from across Tennesse and beyond have joined the program. Through Dev Catalyst, middle and high school students use a web platform to teach them up-to-date coding languages enabling them to build a website, create a web application, learn maker tech, and cultivate marketable career skills. By the end of their first year, students have learned programming languages such as HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript. 

how does it work?

Dev Catalyst is rooted in developing student coders who are marketable in today’s workforce and we offer four tiers of involvement: Novice Web Dev, Advanced Web Dev, Data Dev and Student Dev Teams. Students in Novice and Advanced 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 focuses on dev in SQL and PHP to manipulate and transform data and metrics to create a database driven site with their team. Our Student Dev Teams are selected to work on short term advanced projects where they get input from tech industry professionals. 


Interested yet? If your school doesn't yet offer Dev Catalyst or if you are or know a home school student wanting to connect with a strong coding program, click to learn more!


Student perks

  • Dev Catalyst then rewards the top performing students at an event with awards such as mini ipads and an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco.  While in San Francisco, students tour tech companies such as Google, LinkedIn, and Pivotal Labs.
  • Opportunity to participate in Raspberry Pi Contest with potential to show off your project at theCOtoberfest or the Dev Catalyst Awardaganza
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively on special projects under the mentorship of tech professionals

Speaking of Special Projects, in the Summer of 2016, four Dev Catalyst students had the opportunity to work on the new Socktober website. Click here to learn more about this awesome philanthropic mission and see the site. And click here to read a bit more about their process. We look forward to future project opportunities for some of the best and brightest of the students in the program. 


Educator perks

  • Professional development opportunities including workshops built with you as teachers in mind and giving you tools to better equip your students
  • Access to attend our CO:de meet-up, targeted to technology focused individuals. It meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month and is led by a local technology guru
  • Full access to our online learning platform (student and teacher accounts) with engaging regularly updated video tutorials, formative and summative assessments, feedback and hints for coding challenges
  • One free administrative account per school to the online learning platform
  • Supplemental classroom resources
  • Access to tech industry guest speakers
  • Opportunity to attend the San Francisco trip as a Top Teacher

High School Students throughout Tennessee (and beyond)
Are learning to Code. are you among them?


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