Learning Opportunities for Students
Red Wing Ignite works with students of all ages inside and outside of the classroom. We are interested in getting youth involved in technology, STEM career pathways and our community. We have programs for kids who know they love technology and a few opportunities for kids who just want to test it out. Currently, we have the following programs available for youth - but we come up with new ideas all of the time. Check back often or feel free to contact us with a good idea!
Learn & Earn
Giving 16, 17, and 18 yr old individuals the opportunity to explore careers in advanced manufacturing while earning money at a local business.
Partners that make Learn & Earn possible:
Regional Businesses, Goodhue County School Districts, MN State College SE, Department of Labor and Industry (one of five pilot sites in Minnesota)
1st Cohort of Students:
OSHA 10 / Skills in October of 2018
1st Session: February - March 2019
2nd Session: April - May 2019
2nd Cohort of Students :
OSHA10/Soft Skills in October 2019
Benefits for Students:
Earn $10 / hour
OSHA 10 & Soft Skills credential
Experience that could lead to employment
Red Wing Ignite has brought the international program, CoderDojo to Red Wing. WingerDojo is an open source, free computer programming club for youth ages 7 to 17. Students work with adult mentors to learn various coding languages, robotics and other technology. The topics change each time based on the volunteer mentor. There are resources available online and in the room. As they learn, participants earn badges that demonstrate skills and proficiencies.
It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn cool things, hang out with other kids and work alone and in teams. Learn more about Winger Dojo. Or join the WingerDojo on the 3rd Monday of each month from 5:00 - 6:30 PM.
Summer Tech Internship
Red Wing Ignite started an internship program in 2015. Three interns were hired to work with three local companies. It was a win-win-win project. One student designed an app that his adopted company is going to help him bring to market. One intern remained on staff for the school year. If you are in college or graduate school, are interest in technology (programming, database development, analyst and other areas of interest) and want to live in Red Wing for the summer – we may have an opportunity for you.
The internship will be a good opportunity to work in at least 2-3 different businesses or organizations in our community. You will be working to help solve challenges or problems at the various worksites in the Red Wing area. Interns will gain hands on and practical experience. We want to make sure interns have a great learning environment. Interns will need to be able to work independently, be self-starters, have strong interpersonal communication skills, be creative problem solvers and team players.
Tech Entrepreneur Program
In the Tech Entrepreneur Program, high school students learn to build and market their own mobile app. It’s a program that meets a couple times per week. Students learn how to code, develop, market and pitch an app to investors. The program is free but requires a time commitment from participants. It won’t always be easy, but it is rewarding. Teens collaborate on projects, giving them a chance to try out all sides of the product development process. It’s a great way to find your strengths and maybe your calling.
Red Wing Ignite partners with local educational and nonprofit leaders to promote and support STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) in the schools. We meet regularly to talk about how to make STEAM happen whether that means hearing from educators, talking to experts in the region or finding resources.