Academy of Information Technology
The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) at Springbrook High School is part of the National Academy Foundation (www.naf.org). AOIT prepares students for careers in computer programming, microcomputer technologies (A+ Certification) and LAN Management (CCNA Certification). AOIT operates as a "school within a school." The academy functions as a dynamic partnership between schools, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and an active advisory board led by industry professionals. Several of America's top companies have committed to NAFTrack Certified Hiring, a promise to give special consideration to college students and eventual job applicants who, as high school graduates, earned the NAFTrack Certification.
Upon successful completion of the instructional phase, juniors (over the summer) and seniors (during the school year) may be placed in paid internships with employers such as FDA, NOAA, NASA, USDA, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, etc. This provides the students with real-world opportunities to showcase their talents.
Springbrook is one of only six schools in MCPS with the Academy of Information Technology. AOIT provides a program of study that introduces students to the broad career opportunities in today's digital workforce and equips them with the personal, analytical, technical, and communication skills they need to thrive. By introducing high school students to the broad career opportunities of the Information Technology industry, AOIT opens the door to new options through which students are better able to make sound choices for the future.
The teachers in Springbrook's AOIT program have all won technology and education technology awards. Participate in the program and benefit from the excellent experience the staff brings!
TOP TEN Reasons
to Join the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) at Springbrook High School
The ONLY school in the Northeast Consortium with the Academy of Information Technology
- IT Networking including the CCNA Certification Program which makes you employable on Graduation Day!
- Paid Internships at Lockheed Martin, NSA, NOAA, and NASA, Army Research Lab, Navy Research Lab, University of Maryland Engineering Department……..and many more. Also have the new NAF certified hiring program for Academy of Information Technology graduates.
- You can receive AP Credit in Computer Science and Computer Programming.
- Robotics- Build and program your own robot.
- Springbrook was chosen to be the Maryland Partner School by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Their scientists come here and our students have the opportunity to visit their site. They are also sponsoring a Blue Cube satellite program for our students. The students will be building a satellite and have the opportunity to do a controlled launch of their project.
- Creating and Playing your own games for the PC and Xbox 360
- State-of-the-Art technology - Lego Mindstorm Robotics, Laptops
- Making your Imagination Come Alive and Learning to Think Outside the Box.
- Energetic and passionate teachers who have the latest training. They sponsor clubs including our Springbrook Women in Technology Club.
What students have to say
“The AOIT program allowed me to pursue an internship with Lockheed Martin, where I learned how to work in a professional environment.The skills I learned in computer programming and web development at my internship have prepared me for college and a career in technology.” - Alyssa Parker
“Not only did I get paid for my AOIT internship, I also did cutting edge research and was listed as a co-author when the research was published in a scientific journal.” - David Sweigart (Part I)
“I had an unforgettable experience at CERN! My project dealt with how data analysis is used in high energy physics. I would like to thank you for all that you do, and for providing me with the opportunities such as the AOIT program and my FDA internship which led up to CERN this summer. [...] I would like to conclude with an update on my activities since graduating from Springbrook. [...] I graduated in the Class of 2009 in addition to the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT). [...] worked at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the summers and who took an almost ridiculous number of AP courses. Currently, I've started my third year at UMBC with a 4.0 GPA. I’m glad to say that all of my AP classes have truly paid off and gave me the head start that I needed in college. Regarding my career plans, I intend to obtain a PhD in high energy physics after I graduate from UMBC. This goal was partially fostered by the prestigious opportunity I had this past summer to work at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, which is home to the world’s largest particle accelerator! In fact, I was one out of only 10 Americans allowed to officially take part in CERN’s summer student program each year.\” - David Sweigart (Part II)
“I learned so much in the AOIT computer programming strand that I was ahead of all of my classmates at Hampton University. Because of my ability and willingness to help other students, I was given a paid summer internship in robotics development at Rice University. I really enjoyed it! Thanks for everything!” – Ebrima Jobe
“Thanks to my AOIT course work, I received a scholarship from Beat the Odds and they doubled the $5,000 amount to $10,000.” - Tuan Nguyen
“Thanks to my AOIT classes and internship,was not only admitted to the computer science program at Carnegie Mellon, I also received a $50,000 a year scholarship.” - Darren Divecha
Lynn Nelson, AOIT Coordinator and Computer Science Department Head
Springbrook High School
201 Valley Brook Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904