Baltimore area schools and community programs struggle to build and sustain technology and engineering curriculum that engages students, integrates into other subjects, and meets national and local STEM education standards. To address these needs, the Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF) offers in-school and after-school creative technology programs to Baltimore youth. In response to significant demand and requests to expand our services, we also offer a portal for professional development and consulting to youth education providers interested in integrating technology education and maker activities into their learning spaces, through the DHF Center of Excellence for Innovation in Technology Education (COE). Through the COE’s activities, we have provided 250+ educators with meaningful, cutting-edge technology education training and resources, with an indirect impact of 11,250 K-12 youth per year.
DHF’s tech education models have produced strong and sustained changes for educators and the youth they serve, and have received significant attention from local and national education providers, including Baltimore City Schools, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Out of School Time Network, as well as the National Science Foundation, the International Society for Technology In Education (ISTE), and others.