Every year, as the culmination of a year-long collaboration with students from CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, students in KidsTek’s Business Computing class at North High School have the opportunity to take a field trip to the Boulder campus for tours, college advice, and more. While we couldn’t visit the campus in person this year due to pandemic restrictions, KidsTek students and staff joined with CU Boulder students, staff, and alumni for a virtual version of this yearly trip.
“Of course, it’s a little sad we couldn’t go in person, but I think the virtual field trip was a great experience too,” said Senior Instructor Emily Tow. “Our students got a ton of great advice and resources and we all had fun!”
To make this virtual field trip possible, a group of CU Boulder business students collaborated with KidsTek staff to plan talks, video tours, and interactive activities for a Zoom call. KidsTek students spoke with current and former CU students, a representative from the CU Diversity Office, and even a CU football player, about topics ranging from college preparation to extracurricular activities, and even to the emotional aspects of leaving home for the first time.
“This trip is always very valuable to our class, and I’m so glad that everyone worked so hard to make sure we could replicate this experience virtually,” said Tow. “Especially since many of our students are first-generation college students, the more exposure and resources we can give them, the more prepared they will be to continue their education beyond high school and achieve their dreams.”
Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible!