It’s that time of year again! Now that summer is here and students are finishing up their schoolwork, families are beginning to make plans for the summer. Even with the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we understand that students will be looking to fill their break with activities in a safe, virtual setting. For high schoolers passionate about technology, SAP provides an exciting and remote opportunity to learn about the newest technologies that industry professionals use every day to help the world run better and improve people’s lives.
Each year, SAP’s Center of Expertise (CoE) in North America hosts high school students at its Newtown Square campus outside of Philadelphia to participate in a weeklong Summer Orientation. As health and safety is top priority, we want to offer the same experience for students this year, but virtually. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn about SAP technologies through hands-on activities while receiving educational and career guidance from professionals in the field. SAP experts lead daily, interactive sessions that cover a variety of exciting topics, from coding and data analytics to SAP Cloud and IoT platforms. Over the course of the week, students use their technical skills and newly acquired knowledge to resolve real-world scenarios using SAP technologies.
In past years, Summer Orientation kicked off with a brief introduction to the history, mission, and vision of SAP presented by Balaji Rao Gaddam, Head of CoE North America. Students learned about SAP solutions and services that the CoE provides for many of the world’s largest multinational corporations, such as Apple, Nike, and PayPal. In addition to discussing the business and technical aspects of working in the tech industry, Balaji also encouraged the students to “cultivate their curiosity, remain diligent in their pursuits, and be competitive but also collaborative with their peers as they continue their education and begin to make important career choices.”
For the primary project of the week, students were tasked with creating and proposing a deliverable solution for a mock SAP customer. In this scenario, the customer was a large energy corporation that was losing money due to repair costs and operation downtime from overheating turbine bearings. The students worked in teams to collect vital data points, such as real-time temperature and RPM, to display in a front-end user interface application that enables the customer to monitor turbine performance. At the end of the week, each team showcased their successful solution to their peers and CoE team members.
SAP wants to be involved in providing students the guidance necessary to make informed decisions about their futures. What better way to achieve this than offering students access to the cutting-edge technologies created by SAP which drive innovation and the future of digital business transformation? These exciting activities make the CoE’s High School Summer Orientation a unique opportunity for students who are passionate about computer science, allowing them to explore their interests before they graduate and embark on the next stage of their educational journeys.
High school students interested in attending the 2020 CoE Summer Orientation should apply to the below job posting. Transcripts are required to be considered for the program. Reference letters are also welcome, but not required. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in STEM and a desire to pursue further study and/or a career in a STEM-related field.