The members, sponsors and board of directors for the Southwest Regional Technology Partnership understand the importance of youth programs; the technologists of tomorrow are in the classrooms of today. The SWFRTP not only helps to fund many youth programs, but our members give their time and talents by organizing events and mentoring students and teams.
For nearly a decade the SWFRTP has been hosting or supporting hack-a-thons. The SWFRTP is one of the original sponsors of the Hertz Hack-a-thon. We not only provide funding, but also provide mentors, food, awards and swag for attendees.
FIRST™ Robotics is a thirty-year-old program designed to encourage students in grades 1 – 12 to follow career paths in STEM with four age appropriate levels: FIRST Lego League Jr., FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. Many SWFRTP members and board members volunteer their time as mentors and judges for this fun and educational sport-like program, as well as the SWFRTP directly sponsors many local FIRST teams.
The SWFRTP is a proud sponsor of our local chapter of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program for technically inclined young women. This program honors thirty high school aged young women for their achievements in computing. This program not only honors these young women but teaches them to give back when they are in college or professional careers by mentoring other young women in middle and high school with similar aspirations. We sponsor the banquet honoring these young women and give scholarships to the winners.
Over the life of the SWFRTP, we have offered a variety of scholarships for students. The scholarships have been awarded for science fair achievements, design competitions, computing achievements and our annual student in technology award. We a happy to be able to honor and support so many students pursuing a STEM education and career path.