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CIA ‘Mission Possible’ Contest to Bring Tech to K-8 Schools

The CIA Mission Possible Operation Advance Technology competition will invite educators across the U.S. to vie for computer and coding laboratories outfitted with $60,000 worth of technology.

Kids sitting at two side-by-side desks, one with a keyboard on it, with the student using the keyboard leaning over to look at the tablet being used by the student at the other desk.
A new competition initiated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will put $60,000 computer and coding laboratories in a handful of schools based on pitches from educators about how to put them to use.

According to a news release, the CIA Mission Possible Operation Advance Technology competition will put applicants before a panel of educators and staff from Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), which will administer the program for the CIA. The panel will choose five winners based on how well they demonstrate a need for advanced technology in their classrooms, explain how they’ll use it and share their teaching philosophy or approach to encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) fields. Winners will receive software suites and other tools needed to teach coding, app development, 3D printing and design.

The announcement added that in order to be eligible for CIA Mission Possible Operation Advance Technology, educators must teach K-8 students in a STEAM subject, work for a public school in any of the 50 U.S. states and submit a video showing the need for a computer and coding lab. The news release said the aim of the program is to promote STEAM fields.

The deadline to apply is March 24, with winners being announced in April before receiving the technology for the start of the 2023-24 school year. To apply, see the video submission portal or find more information, visit