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Year in review / Youth

Year-end roundup: A dozen youth stories from 2019

Our top picks for youth-oriented coverage from the past year.

Delaware students Jayden, Demetrius, Chris and Ayanah. (Photo by Holly Quinn)

At Technical.ly, we know the kids in our communities today are vital to a strong talent pipeline, tech innovation and leadership in the next decades.

Here are 12 stories of young Delawareans building robots, solving problems and shaping the future in 2019:

1. This Delaware teen is working to solve Asia’s arsenic rice crisis (February)

Meet Preeti Krishnamani, Charter School of Wilmington’s first finalist in the national Regeneron Science Talent Search.

2. JavaScript, VR and teen-driven robots: Here’s what happened at I/O Tech Fest (March)

Technical.ly was a partner in this teen-oriented event at the Route 9 Library in New Castle.

3. How William Penn became the first high school with its own Dual School program (March)

The nationally recognized Dual School program made its first entry into a school curriculum in March.

4. Kiddos and bots: A peek at the biggest VEX IQ youth robotics event in Delmarva (April)

A look at the Delmarva VEX IQ Extravaganza at Springer Middle School, featuring 49 youth robotics teams from the Delmarva region.

5. Five questions with Delaware’s 8-year-old TIME for Kids reporter (April)

Meet up-and-coming reporter Tiana Sirmans of New Castle.

6. Coded by Kids is making progress in Delaware (April)

A rundown of Coded By Kids’ Delaware programs, as of early Q2.

7. No coding class at your kid’s middle school? This dad-run org wants to help (July)

Jonathan Adly wanted an extracurricular coding program for his daughter. So he created one.

8. This triple collab is innovating summer job training for Delaware teens (July)

Teens who are hired by Wilmington Green Box get a unique week of design thinking-oriented onboarding.

9. This Delaware teen is teaching ag skills for a sustainable future (August)

Learn how Newark teen Megan Chen is bringing adaptable urban gardening to kids as young a pre-K.

10. Back to school: A ‘city kids’ education roundtable (August)

We sat down with some Wilmington high schoolers to talk about access, goals and perceptions of city-serving public schools in Delaware.

11. Take a journey through this Delaware teen’s summer to write home about (September)

Dorcas Olatunji has been a frequent presence on Technical.ly, with her “My First” series. Here is one of our favorites.

12. Wilmington’s STEM Queen wins T-Mobile Changemaker grant (December)

It’s been quite a year for Wilmington’s Jacqueline Means.


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