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About Your Trip

HexLabs presents Catalyst, a day of STEM-related activities directed toward high school students all throughout Georgia! We hope to see you on Saturday, April 9th at Georgia Tech! This will be an opportunity for participants to:

  • Learn about the world of STEM and Computer Science as a career path
  • Gain insight into impactful, widely-known technology companies
  • Receive mentorship from college students and other industry professionals
  • Connect with opportunities at Georgia Tech to further their education and exposure

Are You a Current Georgia Tech Student?

If so, you're still able to participate in the event! Each year, GT students volunteer as mentors to help facilitate the projects and activities included in each available track. This is an opportunity for you to directly interact with high school students across Georgia, provide helpful knowledge to aspiring minds, and share your passion for computer science and engineering. The core responsibilities of mentors include:

  • Co-leading a student cohort
  • Encouraging mentees to network within cohorts
  • Inspiring mentees to learn both during and after the event
  • Arriving on-time and staying throughout the duration of the event

Mentor registration is opening soon!

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During the Day

Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to follow one of four tracks:Web Development, Product Development & Entrepreneurship, Data Science & AI, or Cybersecurity. Each track consists of interactive workshops and curriculum that encourages students to think critically and creatively. Additionally, there will be opportunities for students to engage and connect with various industry professionals and college students. We want to show high school students the value of computer science, which is why we are providing all of the resources you'll need to get started!

NEW: Catalyst Cohort

We are introducing a cohort program that extends the vision of our Catalyst learn-a-thon. A select group of students will have the opportunity to join the Catalyst Cohort. Those who join the cohort will have a two-month immersive introductory STEM experience in web development before our learn-a-thon event! In addition to the extended exploration into web development, students will have the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities, like field trips, office visits, and campus tours, for insight into professional and academic possibilities. Cohort members will also have access to and work with HexLabs mentors to complete a unique personal project!

Our goals

  • To foster connections between students with like-minded interest in computer science
  • To create a community beyond students’ high schools for discussion, interaction, and innovation
  • To encourage the long-term development of students’ ability to create impactful projects

You can apply for the cohort when completing registration!

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Tracks

Web Development

Want to learn about the technologies core to the internet? Then Web Development is for you. This track will teach you the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript so you can build your own website.
Students will be given the opportunity to host their websites via GitHub Pages and learn about the basics of how websites function and interact with the world

Cybersecurity

Have you ever wondered how we protect our information on the Internet? If so, the cybersecurity track is right for you! In the cybersecurity track, students will have the ability to learn more about authentication, protocols, Linux, and more! Additionally, students will get exposure to some of the basics behind ethical hacking and even get the opportunity to dabble in cryptography. After this experience, students will have exposure to the basic cybersecurity protocols used in our everyday lives.

Data Science & Artificial Intelligence

Do you ever wonder how things like Netflix recommendations and Spotify playlists are made? Are you a technical person and like learning about what goes on in the background? If so, you should consider the ML track!
In this track, you will learn how concepts like Data Science and AI come together to create Machine Learning based products! Things like data integration, learning models, and information recognition will become much less foreign to you after going through this track.

Product Design & Entrepreneurship

Have you ever dreamt of starting your own business? Are you a creative thinker and a problem solver? Then the Product Development and Entrepreneurship track is for you!
With this track you will be able to brainstorm products, work around the risks that go into creating a new product and simulate the process of product creation from ideation to execution. You will see the versatility of computer science and how it intertwines with the business world.

Book Your Ticket

Catalyst will be accepting walk-in admissions. Registration is not required, so bring your friends! See you at The Klaus Advanced Computing Building on Georgia Tech's campus on Saturday, April 9th at 8am!

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Schedule
8:30 AMKlaus Parking DeckDrop Off
8:30 AMKlaus 1443Mentor Check-in and Briefing
9:30 AMKlaus AtriumOpening Ceremony
10:00 AMKlaus ClassroomsTrack Block 1
11:30 AMKlaus AtriumLunch and Panel
12:30 PMKlaus ClassroomsTrack Block 2
2:00 PMKlaus AtriumExploration Fair
3:00 PMKlaus ClassroomsTrack Block 3
4:00 PMKlaus AtriumDinner
5:00 PMKlaus AtriumClosing Ceremony
6:30 PMKlaus AtriumPick Up

FAQ

When is the Catalyst Learn-a-thon?
April 9th, 2022!
Who can attend?
High school students from all across Georgia are welcome to register.
Where is Catalyst?
Catalyst will be held on Georgia Tech’s campus!
Do I need to bring anything to the learn-a-thon?
Nope! We will provide food for every participant and laptops when necessary. Participants are welcome to bring their own devices.
Are parents allowed to come?
Although we are grateful for parental support, Catalyst is a student-only event.
How do I choose which track to attend?
During registration, students will be allowed to choose which of the four tracks they'dlike to attend. For more information regarding each option, see either the Tracks section above or reference the registration application.
What is HexLabs?
HexLabs is a student organization and 501(c)(3) non-profit at Georgia Tech devoted to Computer Science outreach in collegiate and high school communities. To learn more, check out our organization website here.

Other Questions?

Email us at [email protected] and we'll be happy to help!