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The District of Columbia Housing Authority's dcConnectHome Technology Club visited Northrop Grumman in Tysons Corner to learn about various types of technology and careers associated with them.

Five DCHA youth and three Thomas Jefferson High Schools students, who facilitate the club, explored the Innovation Center during their recent spring break. The participants learned about cybersecurity, infrared capabilities, and other possibilities with technology. 

First up was a blue-lit open workspace. Eric, the tour guide, showed how lights can effect mood, improve creativity, and improve visuals. Within those ten minutes the participants were immediately hooked and eager to learn more about the facility. Participants then moved on to virtual reality (VR). From bringing pictures in a book to life to disassembling a virtual robotic arm, participants learned about the simple to complex nuances of VR. Participants went from one station to the next learning about the different opportunities Northrop Grumman has had being a contractor for Department of Defense, NASA, and other companies.

dcConnectHome Technology Club is in its second year of providing unique technology-related experiences to DCHA youth through a near-peer learning model. Children meet on a monthly basis and explore technology using a hands-on approach. Spring break trips allow for participants to get out of the classroom and learn more about where a career in technology can lead them.

dcConnectHome will offer a girls only two-day summer program in August 2019. Email (dcConnectHome@dchousing.org) or call (202-435-3382) now to pre-register! Spaces will be limited!

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Last modified: 5/13/2019 2:06:46 PM