BCI Launch Academy

LEARN TO CODE – BUILD A SOFTWARE PRODUCT – LAUNCH A TECH COMPANY

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Why the Launch Academy?

If you have a budding entrepreneur, computer scientist, or indie hacker aged 14 – 17 who has a passion to build a web app or mobile application and/or launch a tech company, then the BCI Launch Academy is the perfect place to help expand their knowledge in basic engineering, science, and mathematics. The Academy is designed as a digital makerspace with multiple programs, running in parallel, that focus on various facets of innovation and tech including product design, coding, financial modeling, and entrepreneurship. The program fosters the discovery of how things work, through designing, building, and teamwork.

Your budding entrepreneurial leader will have a week of fun, challenging them intellectually, building their creativity, and developing their design thinking skills, while they Build, Measure, and Learn!

Mission

To create the next generation of pioneers, trailblazers, innovators, and change-makers.

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Purpose

To prepare secondary students for success in a dynamic world characterized by complexity, unpredictability, change, and opportunity.

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Program Objectives

Provide young entrepreneurs and computer scientists with experience designing, coding, building software products and launching tech companies.

The Benefits

Math, science, technology, and engineering are the fastest-growing fields in the world. They have changed every aspect of our lives in the past decades and will continue to do so. Our Launch Academy was created to provide secondary school-aged aspiring entrepreneurs with the opportunity to begin to build their knowledge of the foundations of these important fields.  

Today’s economy requires us to be agile, creative problem solvers, with the tenacity and perseverance to try, and fail, at new things. It is predicted that eighty-five percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. We need to be able to “prepare students to solve messy, complex problems – including problems we don’t yet know about – associated with living in a competitive, globally-connected, and technologically intensive world.” (OECD, 2017).

Launch Academy makerspaces

Build a Software Product – The JavaScript Bootcamp

The BCI Launch Academy inspires youth to build their own mobile or web app product, and start their own tech company. This program focuses strongly on product development, building coding skills, and driving the building of a product that solves a problem. In this crash course on the JavaScript programming language (previous coding experience in a high school or afterschool program is recommended), coders are led through the development of software. Alternatively, the Launch Academy program provides Web App development skills development in a low-code environment.

The Launch Academy Startup Bootcamp

This maker space is for budding innovators and entrepreneurs, interested in tech, that want to start a company. Participants will learn how to build a web application or digital community using No Code solutions like Bubble.io.  This allows participants to build a full-scale web or mobile application without coding!

We know how difficult it is to find high school extracurricular programs that allow you to be able to build and learn critical tech and entrepreneurship skills. This maker space provides the tools to turn the web application into a company. These skills are especially important in current times, to stand out on university applications amongst your peers is becoming increasingly difficult. Students will develop skills in research, writing pitch decks, communication, oral presentation, and teamwork.

Personalized Experiential Learning

During the program, the entrepreneurs learn to solve problems and design solutions for real customers. They will explore how to build a business model and pitch deck (including a financial plan) while building software and/or a tech company, they will develop the global competencies needed to excel in their future career.

BCI believes strongly that we need to give young people the opportunity to be ‘theory builders’, to test and revisit their knowledge gained through experiential learning. They need to recognize that fostering scientific thinking, is a process of finding out, and they need time, space, and materials to exercise their curiosity. Certain character qualities (attitudes) or dispositions are central to coding and computational thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship. These include curiosity, a drive to experiment, and a desire to challenge theories and to share new ideas (Costa & Kallick, 2008).

Daily schedule

The daily schedule will have both structured and unstructured learning time and during the day participants will have time to relax in the games room (which includes a variety of games including air hockey, video games, and a pool table).  Participants will have the opportunity to speak to Infotech employees to ask questions and learn what it is like to work in a tech company.

The day will be spent learning both the startup process and how to use No Code tools, such as Bubble.io, to create full-service web apps and digital platforms without having to learn to code.  

Participants will have access to the software and the platform outside of the program hours so they can continue building their web application or digital platform even after the end of the program.  

Time Event
8:30am – 9:00am Arrival & Registeration
9:00am – 10:30am Workshop #1
10:30am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Workshop #2
12:30pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm Workshop #3
2:30pm – 3:00pm Free Time
3:00pm – 4:00pm Learning Reflection & Pick-up