Attention 6th-8th Grade: Digital Explorers Program | Final Reminder to Apply!

ATTENTION 6th–8th Grade Students,

The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) with support from Apple and CME Foundation launched middle-grade programming for students in 6th thru 8th grades. Digital Explorers (DE) is a two-part mobile app development program for middle school students with an interest in tech, but limited experience, access, or awareness. DE will utilize Swift playgrounds (iPads), Everyone Can Create curriculum, team-building activities, and human-centered design thinking challenges. Swift is a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today’s most popular apps that you find on your phone!

Come join us for our Digital Explorers Winter & Spring 2024 Cohort and build your own app!


Digital Explorers (Part 1)

February 10th – March 16th, 2024 (Saturdays, 6 sessions, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm)

Digital Explorers (Part 2)

April 20th – May 25th, 2024 (Saturday, 6 sessions, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm)

All sessions will be held in person at DPI’s downtown office (200 S. Wacker Driver). 

All applicants must also be able to attend our Student and Parent/Caring Adult Orientation (in-person) on Saturday, January 27th from 9:30 am – 11:30 am at DPI Offices (200 S. Wacker Drive).


Students currently in 6th– 8th grades who have curiosity about technology & using mobile devices, even if they do not have prior computer science knowledge or experience. If you can identify a problem you would like to solve using design thinking & mobile app technology to provide a solution, or just have fun learning along with your peers, then this program is for you!

This sounds great, HOW DO I APPLY?

Open the attached flier or visit: (scroll down the site and click APPLY TODAY).

Note: Priority is given to students who are able to participate in both Part 1 & Part 2 of Digital Explorers. 

The priority deadline is December 19, 2023, and students accepted will receive an acceptance email that will require some follow-up steps.

We will continue accepting applications after this date until the program is full (24 students). 


We will be holding virtual information sessions on the following dates if you’re interested in learning more and getting your questions answered!

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm | Register Here

For more information, visit here or contact our K-9 Student Program Team at for questions or clarifications. 

Looking forward to seeing you and your student(s) in our Digital Explorers Winter & Spring 2024 program!