In 2002, Jacquelyn Thomas-Coburn and Freddie Coburn started Kids-N-Technology® (KNT) as a small, community, non-profit organization. The Coburns created an innovative after-school program to provide homework help, tutoring in math and science, and hands-on computer repair classes for underprivileged, latch-key kids. The Coburn family soon turned their passion for education and technology into a week-long summer camp where kids ages 8 –18, designed and built their own computers and took it home! The idea was to give children an opportunity to build their own computer and teach them job skills that would last for a lifetime. Yet, as it turned out, the impact of this simple idea was far-reaching and phenomenal. For over a decade, our research shows that KNT students are more likely, than their peers, to pursue technology majors at the post-secondary level, and enter a technology-related field after graduation. These impressive results represent a strong start in KNT’s quest to help meet the demand for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
By June 2005, KNT expanded to four major cities, partnering with four of America’s best universities: Vanderbilt University (Nashville); Oglethorpe University (Atlanta); DePaul University (Chicago); and New York University (New York).
In June 2011, KNT expanded to Austin, Texas, implementing STEM after-school programs in eleven of Austin’s independent schools and three Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Austin. In July 2012, KNT expanded to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Although our programs are growing and reaching new boundaries, our passion and commitment to restore American students to the top tier of student performance in math and science, is as strong today, as it was in 2002.
Today, KNT continues to provide STEM enrichment programs with the potential to reach children nationally. We believe that we have a unique contribution to make to the growth and diversity of STEM education.
Contact us to find out how we can assist in implementing your STEM enrichment program.