Technology Awareness Program (TAP)
As part of our mission to promote interest in the study of information technology the ITRI established, funded, and coordinated the Technology Awareness Program (TAP) in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Information Systems Department July 7th – 12th. This program is designed to expose high school students in underrepresented groups (women and racial minorities) to the field of IT and to college life. It also serves to recruit students to the University of Arkansas and promote their interest in IT as a degree concentration and career path. Twenty-four high school students from under-represented groups were introduced to the field of information systems, college life, and careers in information technology. Participants traveled from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Texas with an average GPA of 3.71 on a 4 point scale.
The students took part in a challenging team project designed by Susan Bristow and Beverly McDaniel, Professors in the Information Systems Department. Through the assigned project students developed their skills in the areas of research, teamwork, communication, and oral presentation. The project taught the students how to analyze big data through the creation of an interactive dashboard.
Participants also had the opportunity to interact with top business professionals and observe them in their work environments by touring J.B. Hunt Transport Service, the Wal-mart Innovation Lab, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. For fun they took a trip to Fast Lane Entertainment for bowling, laser tag, go-karts, and video games.
The program concluded with students presenting their projects, followed by dinner with college staff, faculty and parents. Parents can be abig influence on a student's college choice. It is out hope that by allowing the parents to see our campus they will feel confident in entrusting the University of Arkansas with their child.
TAP FAQFor more information about this program contact Eric T. Bradford email@example.com, 479-575-5291 or Barbara Lofton firstname.lastname@example.org 479-575-4557