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Have you ever wondered if the Googleplex in California really has ping-pong tables and arcade games for employees or if Facebook would be a fun place to work? This summer, a group of MPS middle school students will get an inside look at some of the world’s top tech companies including Apple, Indiegogo, TaskRabbit and more.

The eight students from five middle schools were selected to participate in the first Silicon North Stars Youth Program, a one-week program that gives a select group of high-potential eighth and ninth graders from Minnesota the opportunity to spend a week in California's Silicon Valley. Students will learn about technology and the internet directly from internet and technology leaders from top companies, startups and venture capital funds.

Students will start the week with a series of lectures, tours, discussions and group activities at companies throughout the area. The program will culminate in a final project in which students will work in pairs and pitch their own tech startup. It won’t be all work for students - evening activities will give participants the chance to explore and learn about the Bay Area.

The Silicon North Star program also includes a paid STEP-UP Discover internship with Reve Academy that includes courses in Work Readiness and Web Design with the MPS Fast Track Scholars Program and two leadership development sessions prior to the trip. The trip is from July 13-19.

Learn more about the MPS students participating in the Silicon North Star Youth Program:

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Laterra Ann Lee

Laterra Ann is from Andersen United Community School. Click here to read her essay.

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Dakarai Oates

Dakarai is from Sullivan Communication Center. Click here to read his essay.

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Maya Pruitt

Maya is from Sullivan Communication Center. Click here to read her essay.

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Mar'tnua Bunton

Mar'tnua is from Lucy Laney. Click here to read his essay.

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Jenna Vang

Jenna is from Olson Middle School. Click here to read her essay.

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Freddy Sibri

Freddy is from Northeast Middle School. Click here to read his essay.

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Mai Der Vang

Mai is from Northeast Middle School. Click here to read her essay.

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Michael Hopewell

Michael is from Nellie Stone Johnson. Click here to read his essay.