BDPA achieves new milestone with 45-year Anniversary and Virtual Youth Tech Camp

ST. LOUIS, MO (BDPA St. Louis)BDPA2020 is a wrap! This weekend, National BDPA’s High School Computer Competition (HSCC) finalists out of the Midwest Regional bracket from BDPA’s St. Louis Chapter successfully re-captured their national coding and app development championship title. The awards were virtually announced live Saturday, August 22, 2020 by the association’s Board Members and Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) Program Directors.

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Winning two titles in the last three years, BDPA St. Louis achieved this feat with support, coaching, and passionate mentorship during COVID-19. This year’s challenges also included remote access for many communities to attend a “virtual” BDPACON20 during the Association’s annual Coding Combine and BDPA2020’s Youth Technology Camp (YTC).

Throughout the year, local chapters conduct SITES training programs for youth in their respective communities. SITES programs include, but are not limited to, HSCC, Mobile App Showcase, IT Showcase, YTC, and Tablets for Teens. Next school year (SY20-21), local SITES programs expand to include participating middle and high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) units. These programs are designed to expose young adults to computing and technical concepts while sharing with them expertise to develop mobile and web applications. Some chapters will participate in regional competitions throughout the country to further prepare their students. Each BDPA chapter is able to send teams of 3 to 5 students to the association’s annual regional and national technology conferences to compete against teams from other chapters all over the country.

National BDPA’s High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program was launched in 1986 by Dr. Jesse L. Bemley, of Washington, D.C. What started as a two-team event between the Chapter cities of Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. has grown to over 20 teams of various high school students from chapters throughout the nation. HSCC is designed to immediately introduce our youth to emerging fields of Information Technology and Cyber while encouraging them to seek higher levels of education, and groom many of them to become our next generation of IT professionals.

More coding and cyber teams for 2021 are forming in direct support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with additional tech-inclusion programs for JROTC, Sea Cadets, and Civil Air Patrol cadets. Local sponsors and regional impact investments are welcomed.

Email JROTC@bdpa.dc for additional details. bt

D.C. Mayor Delivers a $4.6 Million Technology Investment with 16,400 Devices to Students

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WASHINGTON – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Public Schools (DCPS) began delivering more than 16,400 technology devices to students across all eight wards as a part of the Empowered Learner’s Initiative. The initiative is a comprehensive three-year commitment by Mayor Bowser to close the digital divide and empower DCPS students through access to state-of-the-art technology.

“Last year, our community made clear that they wanted us to invest more in technology in our schools – and we answered that call with a $4.6 million investment in new devices for our young learners,” said Mayor Bowser. “But this investment isn’t just about buying devices – it’s about ensuring our students and teachers have the programs and resources they need to help us close the digital divide in Washington, DC.”

Last year, Mayor Bowser made an initial $4.6 million investment in technology to provide every student in grades 3, 6, and 9 with a device to use at school, and students in all other grades will have a 3:1 student-to-device ratio in the classroom. After ensuring schools had the necessary technology infrastructure and providing professional development to educators, classrooms are receiving the Microsoft Surface Go to enhance teaching and learning.

dc-tablets-farabee2020“DCPS is excited to begin delivering on our commitment to close the digital divide and empower students across the district in innovative ways,” said DC Public Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee (above left, with students). “This year, students in grades 3, 6, and 9 will receive Microsoft Surface Go’s that will enhance their learning experience and advance college and career success. I thank Mayor Bowser for her investment in the Empowered Learner’s initiative and look forward to providing even more students with access to state-of-the-art technology over the next three years.”

After students and educators tested the Microsoft Surface Go, it was selected for its agility, durability, and long-battery life. The Surface Go has a world-facing camera for video and photography, and an inking stylus for drawing and writing.

Since the beginning of the school year, teachers, technology specialists, and operations staff engaged in professional development focused on this new technology. Students are receiving digital citizenship lessons, published by Common Sense Media, to make safe and responsible decisions online.

“We want to ensure the new technology provides the best experience for students and have been testing and optimizing to make that a reality,” said DC Chief Technology Officer Lindsey Parker. “Nearly 50 technicians are trained and ready to support students and teachers the moment the devices enter the classroom and students log-in.”

Tablets For TeensThe devices will stay in the classroom so teachers can continue to use the technology to enhance their instruction. Families can expect to see their third grade students using the devices to apply the math skills they learn to control Sphero robots; high school students enrolled in credit recovery can have full access to digital resources and assessment that will help them master the course content; and teachers can provide personalized strategies to meet every student’s individual needs through both in-person and digital instruction.

Next fiscal year, Mayor Bowser plans to make another multimillion dollar investment in technology to provide a device for every student in grades 4, 7, and 10. To learn more about the devices, families can visit the District’s Empowered Learners Initiative website.

Source and photo: Office of the Mayor
Cover photo courtesy: Debbie Truong

* Resources for DCPS parents, teachers, and students are linked here.


** Related articles on BDPA-DC’s Tablets For Teens or National BDPA’s Mobile App Showcase programs are linked here.


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2016 National Mobile App Showcase Winners Announced

Developers, Mentors, Judges,
and Student Invitations now open
for 2017’s AppDev Season

ATLANTA, GA (bdpatoday)—National BDPA announces 2016 winners of its annual National Mobile App Showcase competitions. Approved Mobile App Showcase projects submitted this year were assessed by a panel of industry judges and partners during BDPAConnect16.

Monetary awards  powered by State Farm Insurance were given to the top Android and iOS collegiate and high school developers. This year’s winners include:

  • Kareem Dasilva
    First Place Collegiate | $7500
    University of Memphis
    Sponsored by National BDPA’s Middle Tennessee Chapter
  • Michael Brown
    Second Place Collegiate
    Jackson State University
    Sponsored by National BDPA’s Central Illinois Chapter
  • Mayesha Awal
    First Place High School Mobile App Showcase |  $3500
    Georgetown University (entering Fall 2016)
    Sponsored by National BDPA’s Indianapolis Chapter
  • Justin Rice
    Second Place High School
    Sponsored by National BDPA’s Indianapolis Chapter

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About National BDPA Mobile App Showcase
The National BDPA Mobile App Showcase, powered by McDonald’s, State Farm Insurance, and WWT (World Wide Technology, Inc.), allows student application developers an opportunity to participate in a competition to test their talents against their peers while developing a working, functional mobile application. Applications showcased represent three primary AppDev competition categories (business, personal productivity, and gaming). Each category has stringent requirements that must be met well in advance of regional and national  showcases.

College and high school students had the opportunity to participate in this 2-day event in conjunction with the 2016 National BDPA Technology Conference recently held in Atlanta, GA. The focus of this event included development on Android  and iOS smartphone operating systems.

Student Requirements
In order to participate in the Mobile App Showcase, students must complete the requirements below. The mobile application trainers and mentors will work with each student to help them develop their project. This team will make the final recommendation on the student’s participation after their application is completed, verification with their chapter and a brief project charter is submitted. High school and college students are eligible to apply.

  • Must be a high school or full-time undergraduate college student
    (maximum age of 25)
  • Complete National BDPA’s online Mobile App Showcase registration form stating one’s interest to participate in the program
  • Once contacted by National BDPA’s Mobile Application Showcase program, student members submit project charters outlining which type of applications are to be developed (usually a one [1] page single spaced project charter document)
  • Each participant must be sponsored by their respective local BDPA Chapter in order to participate in the Mobile App Showcase, students must complete the showcase’s program requirements.

Mobile application coaches, trainers, and mentors work with each student member participant to help them develop their project. This leadership team makes final recommendations on the student’s participation after their applications are completed. Verification and validation with sponsoring BDPA Chapters accompany above listed project charters with official submissions.

All high school and college students are eligible, are encouraged to join a local BDPA Chapter (BDPA.org), and apply to participate in 2017’s  Mobile App Showcase. Sponsors and mission partners may email corpsales@bdpa.org and fedsales@bdpadc.org to actively participate with Mobile App Showcase student members and BDPA’s  AppDev interns.

To receive additional information or prepare for 2017 Regional and National Mobile App Showcase and related AppDev competitions, select here to read more …

Source: National BDPA
BDPA photo by Charlie Perkins
Cover photo by bdpatoday

National BDPA Celebrates 30-Year High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Milestone

ATLANTA—The National High School Computer Competition (HSCC), powered by BDPA, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Jesse L. Bemley (inset), a National BDPA Life Member from jesse-conf08-GalaWashington, D.C. What started as a two-team event between Washington, D.C. (BDPA-DC) and Atlanta, GA (BDPA Atlanta) HSCC Teams has grown to over 20 teams of various high school students from chapters throughout the nation. It was all designed to introduce students to the field of data processing (now, Information Technology) to encourage them to seek higher levels of education, and groom many of them to become our next generation of IT leaders and professionals.

BDPA, formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates, was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975 to promote professional growth and technical development in underserved communities for those in or entering information and communications technology (ICT) oriented fields of interest and related industries.

See this month’s cover story in the August 2016 edition of bdpatoday.

Message from National BDPA President

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Message from National BDPA President

mike-a-williams2Good morning BDPA members. As my first official post as your National President, I just wanted to tell you how excited I am about BDPA and what’s to come in 2016 and beyond.

Over the weekend the National Board of Directors engaged in some very productive discussions about our strategy, our finances, brand rejuvenation, and our upcoming conference in Atlanta. We also welcomed our new regional leaders and board members (Ashton Clark, Hayward West, Curtis Jenkins and William Smith) and Andreana Dunbar as our new secretary.

As we discussed our conference, we all agreed that our conference theme should be about connecting. During our conferences we connect generations of professionals, professionals with employers, vendors with companies, and people with each other. Lastly, in this digital world we live in, everything is connected in one way or the other. So, we thought it was fitting that the theme of our conference for 2016 be ‘BDPA CONNECT‘.

We also talked about leading from the top. What that means is that at the national level we want to support and enable chapters at the local level by providing tools they can use for member orientation, sponsorship pitches, and general information about BDPA that can then be re-purposed and used at your discretion. Soon we will be forwarding a presentation and brochures that every chapter can use to enable you to achieve your chapter objectives.

We have a lot ahead in 2016. Our collective goal at every level should be “to do better and be better” than we were last year. That is not to say that last year was not a successful one; in fact, it was very successful by all accounts, however, we must continue to raise the bar and our own expectations of ourselves. My challenge for myself and to all of you is that we raise the bar and our expectations. Let’s hold ourselves and each other accountable in 2016.

Fear is something you can overcome, doubt is just giving up before you even tried. Change can cause fear but fear never prevents you from stepping forward. Let’s step forward.

We are already the champions, we just need to go pick up our trophy. Let’s go!

#OneBDPA
Mike Williams, President
National BDPA

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