Youth Development

The hub for teens to build leadership skills and gain professional support for academic & career aspirations. Check out our FREE upcoming events below!

  • Temporary
  • Grades 9-12


Fall 2023 Hackathon

October 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Discovery Place and Bank of America are proudly hosting their Fall 2023 Hackathon. High school students in grades 10 – 12 from Charlotte and the surrounding area are encouraged to participate, and previous experience is NOT required!

This year’s Hackathon will enable students to collaboratively develop and sharpen their computational thinking and design skills through a robotics coding challenge created by Discovery Place’s Youth Development Department.

Breakfast, lunch, snacks and prizes are provided. Admission into the Hackathon is FREE, but all participants MUST register in advance. Space is limited.


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Girls in STEM: A Design Thinking and Robotics Workshop Series

Event date: October 4th-Dec 13th

Discovery Place and the Deloitte Foundation are excited to host this after-school program series exploring how robotics and programming intersect with different branches of STEM via ongoing and one-off projects over the course of 10 weekly sessions. Female and non-binary high school students from the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg area and surrounding are encouraged to participate in this free program!

If needed, this program provides public transportation passes to aid with program attendance as well as snacks/dinner.

Check Out this Video!

See the behind-the-scenes of our Youth Development annual program, “Girls in STEM”


Club Code

This fall’s Club Code will combine technology with one of the world’s most beloved art forms: music. While learning the fundamentals of the coding language Python and its sound library, EarSketch, students will code their own musical masterpieces and bridge the gap between STEM and the Arts.

Students will meet weekly to work on their music production and have the opportunity to work side by side with professionals from PWC and Discovery Place!

Snacks/Dinner will be provided.