Nearly 300 children in San Antonio, Phoenix and Plano participated in USAA’s third annual STEM KIDternship. This event was created by USAA employees to expose more children to the endless opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The children, ages 12-18, participated in engaging sessions featuring artificial intelligence, a cryptology challenge, various coding classes and user experience design.
“My interest in IT was piqued at the age of 12 when my father took me to a ‘Bring Your Child to Work Day.’ While he didn’t work directly in IT, he worked for a technology company and I was given opportunities to try hands-on coding and play with computer hardware,” said Alisha Stratton, USAA IT director. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work for USAA and provide a similar, impactful event that may influence the next generation to consider STEM fields.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings by 2020, however, U.S. universities are expected to produce enough qualified graduates to fill only 29% of these jobs. KIDternship was designed to help promote more awareness of STEM fields and help fill this gap in the future.
This event is one of several ways USAA supports STEM education in the communities where employees live, including volunteering and donations to nonprofits like Discovery Education and Girls Inc.
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