Summer SPARK!


Do you enjoy building things, creating art, learning new skills, communicating ideas, solving problems, or coming up with a plan? Then Summer SPARK! is for you! This experience is being modeled on the huge success of the SPARK! Hackathon

This summer, we are offering two summer programs: SPARK! Exploration for rising Grades 5 - 8 and SPARK! Launchpad for rising Grades 9 - 12.

No experience is required for these programs and we encourage students with a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and experience levels to apply.



Kim Wilkens is the Grades K - 8 coordinator of the Computer Science Program in the Learning Village, co-founder of the SPARK! Hackathon, and founder of Tech-Girls.
Zach Minster is the Grades 9 - 12 coordinator of the Computer Science Program in the Upper School and co-founder of the SPARK! Hackathon.

Student Testimonials

"I participated in the SPARK! Hackathon and it was a blast. The classes were informative. Looking back, it was a lot of fun collaborating with others at the Hackathon to build technology to solve community issues."
"After attending SPARK! last year, I came away with a feeling of accomplishment and excitement about all the new things I'd learned."
"The experience last year changed my life. In summary, my group and I designed a fall proof walker, inspired by my grandfather's mobility issues. However, this design did not stay just as a design. After the Hackathon, two of my group members and I decided to further test this concept. So we built a fully working prototype of our fall proof walker and presented it at the Tom Tom Festival. This was a massive success among those who viewed our innovation. It was such a success, in fact, that I wrote about it in my Common Application essay while applying to colleges, and I have already gotten into one of my dream schools for their engineering program."
"Participating in the SPARK! Hackathon was everything I expected it to be... and more! It was so cool meeting high schoolers and adults who were just as passionate about STEM and as excited to participate in the Hackathon experience."

SPARK! Exploration - Grades 5 - 8

Facilitators: Zach Minster & Kim Wilkens
July 30 - Aug. 3, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes daily lunch)
Early Bird Registration Before May 1: $175 | After May 1: $200

For rising Grades 5 - 8 students, we are offering SPARK! Exploration, which will give students an opportunity to learn new skills and then put them into practice through a mini-Hackathon.

SPARK! Launchpad - Grades 9 - 12

Facilitators: Zach Minster & Kim Wilkens
July 2 - 13, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes daily lunch)
Early Bird Registration Before May 1: $350 | After May 1: $400

SPARK! Launchpad is a two-week experience that will include skill-based learning, design challenges, field trips to local tech companies, and guest speakers for rising Grades 9 - 12 students.

Bio-Med Tech-Girls - Grades 9 - 12

Aug. 6 - 10

This week-long behind-the-scene immersion program for high school girls is a collaboration between St. Anne's-Belfield School, U.Va. BME, and U.Va. i.Lab.

There is a two-step application process to participate in these summer programs. Please use the button below to apply to your desired program. Once your application has been received and approved, you will be given information on how to complete registration.


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