SparkNC is a transformative new initiative that will accelerate learner progress along pathways to careers in high-tech fields like artificial intelligence and machine learning, software development, computer systems engineering, and cybersecurity.
Design Sprint at
Live Oak Bank
At the I’m That Designer design sprint in Wilmington, sponsored by Live Oak Bank, students, family members, and district leaders brainstormed the kinds of learning experiences SparkNC might create. The event culminated in students pitching their ideas to experts from business, government, and education organizations. Click above for the event recap video!
Coming Fall 2022
Work-based learning with
In District C’s Spark Teamship model, teams of students learn about the tech industry while solving real problems for real businesses or organizations with the support of a certified coach. District C will provide Spark Teamship programs to serve an estimated 1,708 students and 54 educators across 20 districts, involving more than 200 business partners.
Fall 2022 - Career Navigation
SparkNC Credential Maps
SparkNC has published Credential Maps that analyze and share data on credential programs in high-tech fields available to students in The Innovation Project’s member districts, starting with the areas of cybersecurity and computer programming. The maps are now available as PDF documents. We will soon share this data in a searchable online format.
Fall 2022 -
Conference on Ethical Tech
NCSSM Ethics & Leadership Conference
SparkNC is co-sponsoring the 2022 Ethics & Leadership Conference with the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics (NCSSM). SparkNC is supporting students from The Innovation Project’s member districts to attend the conference in-person or virtually. The theme of this year’s conference is the intersection of ethics and technology.
Learn more about how our partners are helping us ignite students' futures in tech!
SparkNC works with the school districts in The Innovation Project to develop and deliver programs that expand pathways for students to high-tech careers. We are supported in this work by an extraordinary network of partners. Learn more about our partnerships below.