Summer Programs for High School Students


Expedition is our summer program for high school students. Expedition is a series of 2-week programs designed to teach Charlottesville-area high school students in-demand tech skills like Data Science or Design & Marketing through project-based learning.

Expedition is one part of a new and larger joint initiative between St. Anne's Bellfield School and HackCville prepare high school students to learn in-demand skills in order to solve real-world problems and become internship ready.

Throughout these two week programs, students will learn in-demand tech skills and receive basic lessons in entrepreneurship through working on solving problems in the local Charlottesville community. Upon successful completion of each track, students are given skill badges and deemed internship-ready by HackCville.


Structure of the Program

Expedition meets Monday - Friday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Our classes take place on Elliewood Avenue in HackCville’s clubhouses. The Data Science track runs from July 16 - July 27. The Design track runs from July 30 - August 10.

Choose the skill that sounds most interesting to you or take both tracks and get a discount.

Expedition is predicated on the principles of active learning. The best instructors are facilitators of learning, not lecturers of learning. By allowing students to spend a majority of their time on mini-projects, venture building, and group work, we minimize the amount of time students have to sit and listen to others talk.

STAB is offering a new program called Summer SPARK! which includes a 2-week opportunity for high school students to explore Computer Science, called Launchpad. During the Launchpad program, students will experience skill-based learning, design challenges, field trips to local tech companies and guest speakers, all geared toward helping them prepare for next steps in their student-driven learning experiences in Charlottesville and beyond.



Data Science

The Data Science Expedition is structured to give students the confidence to dive into any data set after finishing the program. 

Students will become proficient in a variety of data tools used in conjunction with Python to be able to manipulate, clean, and visualize data. Over the course of two weeks, students will either find datasets that they care about or partner with a local organization to form a data hypothesis, and will use Python skills and techniques to study and prove or disprove their data hypotheses in order to make concrete recommendations. 

At the end of this expedition, students will earn badges in Data Science and Visualization, and will be ready to tackle any project in the field.

Dates: July 16 - July 27

Cost: $500



Design and Marketing

The Design and Marketing Expedition will cover all of the skills you need to know to become a design and marketing superstar.

Students will learn about the importance of using effective typography, color, and design principles to create stand-out graphics, how to use social media as a tool to market businesses and local events, and how to create compelling marketing materials. Over the course of the two weeks, students will use the marketing and design skills they have learned to create and launch a project to help a local nonprofit.

At the end of this expedition, students will earn badges in Graphic Design and Digital Marketing and will be deemed ready for internships in both fields.


Dates: July 30 - August 10

Cost: $500 


Cost of the Program

Comparable programs cost $6,000. To make the program accessible to more students, we're currently offering it for $500/track! Take both and get $100 off.

Apply now before spots fill up!

Round 1: Due May 11th at 11:59pm
Round 2: Due June 1st at 11:59pm
Round 3: Due June 22nd at 11:59pm

Why Only $500?

We believe in creating accessible education programs.

Our educational programs are designed with accessibility in mind. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn in-demand hard skills like data science, design, and marketing as well as empowering soft skills like effectuation, design thinking, how to navigate an internship, how to write a resume, and more. Expedition costs only $500 for each two week session with a $100 discount given to students who take both tracks. We also offer opportunities to receive scholarships and financial aid. Contact allison@radifylabs.com for more information about financial aid. 


What the Program Includes

We've taken all of the lessons we've learned from teaching thousands of students and have packaged it into a program designed specifically for high school students. This isn’t like any summer program you’ve seen before.


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Cohort Learning

You will be matched with a group of other students at the beginning of the program and work together as a team to solve difficult problems.

Learning by Doing

You will be presented with a problem local to Charlottesville and throughout the program work to create solutions while learning in-demand tech skills. 

Individualized Mentorship

Throughout the program, you'll have regular check-ins with a mentor to make sure you're getting the most out of Expedition.

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Career Advising

We'll teach you how to write awesome resumes and cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and how to get on a career path that gets you closer to your goals.

Skill Badges

Upon successful completion of each track, students are given skill badges and deemed internship-ready by HackCville.

Public Speaking

Teams will present their final projects at an end-of-program Gala to local Charlottesville community members.