Students participate in New Jersey Junior Achievement "2018 Hackathon."
Students participate in New Jersey Junior Achievement “2018 Hackathon.”

Two free programs organized by Junior Achievement of New Jersey’s Next Gen Tech series will be held in February to inspire and nurture New Jersey’s budding computer scientists.

Middle Schoolers to “Crack the Code”  On Feb. 9, “Crack the Code @DeVry” will be held at DeVry University on U.S. Route 1 in North Brunswick from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is designed for middle-school students, grades six through eight, and is an immersive coding day to encourage students to pursue careers in technology through hands-on workshops and activities. It will include exercises in programming, web development and cybersecurity. The program is free, and no prior coding experience is required.  Lunch will be served, and attendees can register online at

Sponsors include ADP, Sanofi, Verizon, and Johnson & Johnson.  For additional information, contact Swathi Parthibha via email.

High SchoolHackathon   On Feb. 22 and 23, the “HackJA,” will be held for high school students at the Junior Achievement Education Center in Edison.  HackJA is a free 24-hour computer science program that will not only educate students about fundamental technical skills, but also allow students to network with professionals in various fields, while competing to win prizes.  The program goes from 4 p.m. on Friday through 4 p.m. on Saturday.  The program is free, and open to students with all levels of coding knowledge, from first-time coders to more experienced students.

Registration is available at  The Junior Achievement Education Center is located at 360 Pear Blossom Drive, Edison, NJ 08837.