It was a perfect day for a field trip. As North High students from KidsTek’s Business Computing class tossed a frisbee back and forth outside of Koebel Hall, the sun shining and trees just starting to bloom, they shared their favorite experiences of their day on campus at CU Boulder. Though the all-you-can-eat lunch at the C4C dining hall might have been the crowd favorite, students also shouted out things like getting to see an actual dorm room, touring the rec center, and having the opportunity more generally to experience a college campus as gorgeous as the one in Boulder.
Every year, KidsTek’s class at North partners with a group of CU sophomores from the Leeds School of Business. As North students explore college readiness topics throughout the spring semester, the CU students visit, get to know the high schoolers, and design a college visit based on the particular needs and interests of the KidsTek class.
“We’ve always had a great experience with each year’s group from CU, but this year was truly phenomenal,” said Senior Instructor Emily Tow, who teaches the class at North. “Our students got so much out of this experience and it really speaks to the hard work put in by our friends from CU Boulder.”
This year, North High students got to enjoy a detailed campus tour, including peeks at the football field and the campus restaurant named after a cannibal (Google “Alferd Packer Grill”, trust us), plus hitting all the campus classics from dorms to lecture halls. After an impromptu stop at the Observatory and lunch at the C4C with Rich Liner, one of KidsTek’s founders, and Juan Vargas, an alum of both KidsTek’s class at North and CU Boulder, the day ended with gratitude all around.
“I was so impressed with the experience that the CU students put together for us,” said Program Manager Meghan Lang. “Our students loved this trip and really connected with the group from CU.”
Thank you to everyone who made this experience possible for KidsTek students!