Technology Institute – Online

Pursue your digital dreams from the intersection of inspiration and innovation.

In today’s fast-paced, digitally connected world, technology has invaded almost every aspect of our lives.  Students will learn how big data is leveraged to shape buying habits, and consider the security ramifications and implications that a world shaped by the Internet of Things presents. Students will immerse themselves in the world of technology and gain an understanding of how a $35.00 computer is enabling the next wave of innovators and entrepreneurs. There will be extensive hands-on experiences with hardware and software giving students a taste of what it’s like to work as a programmer. This Institute explores technology from the inside out.

At a Glance


Dates: June 28 – July 1

Who Can Apply?: 9th – 12th grade students

Program Length: Monday – Thursday

Program Tuition: $995

Location: Online – Zoom

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*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Technology Institute participants.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Programming
  • The Internet of Things
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Cyber Security

Virtual Experiences:

  • Arduino Microcontroller Workshops
  • Explore technologies used in professional sports
  • Hear from a panel of tech entrepreneurs
  • Dive into the world of cybersecurity
  • Create your own podcast

*Virtual experiences are subject to change.

Technology Institute Cost

Online | $995

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A Day in the Life

  • 12:00 pm – Sign-on & Icebreaker
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch Break
  • 1:05 pm – Welcome from Academic Leader – Paul Whitener
  • 1:10 pm – Introduction to Technology
  • 1:40 pm – Q and A
  • 2:10 pm –  Breakout Room Activity
  • 2:25 pm – Break
  • 2:30 pm – Panel with Tech Professionals in NASCAR
  • 3:00 pm – Q and A
  • 3:15 pm – Workshop: Arduino Microcontroller 1
  • 3:30 pm – Deacon Discussion – Wake Forest Program Ambassadors 
  • 4:30 pm – Wrap Up from Academic Leader
  • 5:30 pm – Optional Evening Activity (Study Abroad Panel)

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Meet Your Academic Leader

Paul Whitener

Academic Leader, Technology

Paul Whitener is the Assistant Director of Digital Fabrication and Maker Education at Wake Forest University. As an Information Systems staff member assigned to the Wake Forest makerspace, the WakerSpace, Paul is involved in technology and making, which is used to teach students in and out of the classroom. With a bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a Television Production Concentration and an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, Paul brings over 30 years of experience, all based in technology, to the program. In his current role, Paul works with students on a daily basis helping them to utilize various technologies in their classwork. He also co-teaches the Computer Science STEM Robotics course as well as leads many “pop-up” labs geared towards extracurricular learning for the WFU community. These labs include Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, laser cutting, and 3D printing technologies. In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, Paul is also involved in many technology outreaches to middle and high school students.