Clearly Innovative chief executive Aaron Saunders, one of the night’s panelists, co-founded a summer camp and academic program at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science called Startup Middle School that gives youngsters experience solving problems with math, science and technology.
When Saunders first started the program, none of the students had met a software engineer. If young people aren’t exposed to people working in technology, Saunders said, they may not even realize those careers exist or how to pursue them. “These are the things that make a difference,” Saunders said. “These are the things that move the needle.”