Bit Heroes provided high school students with the chance to explore the tech industry and learn directly from Bit Project mentors and Microsoft engineers.
In summer 2020, Bit Project introduced our first ever tech bootcamp in partnership with Microsoft: Bit Heroes We created this bootcamp with high school students in mind — our goal was to provide a valuable learning experience for those who were eager to delve into the world of software engineering head first. As students ourselves, we know it can be difficult getting hands-on experience; these opportunities can be hard to find or extremely costly. But with Bit Heroes, we were able to provide high school students with the chance to explore the tech industry and learn directly from Bit Project mentors and seasoned engineers: an opportunity they may not have had elsewhere.
From nearly 200 high school applications, we selected our cohort and started off our program with an overview of the technical programming skills they would need to know. Once students shifted gears to start developing their serverless projects, they collaborated with each other to brainstorm ideas and troubleshoot problems. To foster a productive work environment for the students working remotely, Bit Project mentors hosted weekly work sessions and kept students aware about upcoming project deadlines. One-on-one meetings were also added to the curriculum for additional personalized support.
Feedback from Microsoft engineers Chloe Condon and Umayr Sufi further helped the students learn throughout the program. Their constructive feedback pushed our students to think proactively and critically about how their work process. Once projects were completed, Condon and Sufi gave great guidance on how the students could improve their technical communication skills for their step by step tutorial and their final presentation. All of this time spent learning from industry professionals better equipped our students for their future after high school.
"Bit Heroes pushed me to learn as much new info as I could in a short span of time. It was an experience I wouldn't get anywhere else." - Meghna Pillai, Bit Heroes 2020
Our cohort completed a variety of amazing projects by the end of the program, all of which used serverless code:
To see our students present their projects and hear about how they completed their work, check out their live stream here.
Bit Heroes provided these students with a unique opportunity to strengthen their skills as budding programmers, and we are thrilled to have help inspire future software engineers. For example, two of the students who participated in the program went on to use their projects to build the next 8 week bootcamp on Serverless, which is in session in Fall 2020.
The experience that our Bit Heroes students had is crucial. By exploring STEM topics early on in their educational career, they are better to prepared to for their future college and future career in the tech industry. Bit Project plans to continue hosting successful programs by planning more tech bootcamps and reaching even more students who are excited to learn about tech.