The grand opening of the new Digital Harbor Tech Center will be held at 6pm this evening and will feature a student-led tour of the new tech and maker facilities in this former Rec Center at the corner of Light and Cross Streets.
Digital Harbor Foundation co-executive director Andrew Coy portrays the center, born about a month after the death of the Sparrows Point steel mill across the harbor, as a means of recalibrating education and workforce development for the 21st century.
“It’s really about connecting local youth with technological opportunities and creating new ones.” — from an article in today’s Baltimore Sun
Supported by the lead sponsorship of the Abell Foundation, OSTP, DLA Piper, and Baltimore City Public Schools, the Digital Harbor Tech Center will provide after school programs in digital literacy and tech workforce skills for Baltimore City Public Schools students. In the evening, the center will be a space for community programming and maker activities including 3D printing.
Digital Harbor Foundation has garnered the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Humanim, Microsoft, BmoreBroadband, M&T Bank, the Emerging Technology Center, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Digital Harbor Real Estate Development, SmartLogic, MindGrub, AOL, Campfire Apps, the Towson University ObjectLab, and IKEA as well as the greater Federal Hill community in creating sustainable programs that will teach highly valued tech skills while also promoting innovation and entrepreneurship among city youth.
The grand opening of the Digital Harbor Tech center is free and open to the public. The Tech Center is located at 1045 Light Street in Federal Hill.