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Each year, SAP’s Center of Expertise (CoE) North America hosts high school students at its Newtown Square campus to participate in a week long Summer Orientation. The program provides students who are interested in computer science with the opportunity to learn about SAP technologies through hands-on activities while receiving educational and career guidance from professionals in the field. SAP experts lead daily, interactive sessions covering topics from coding and data analytics to SAP cloud and IoT platforms. Over the course of the week, students use their technical skills and newly acquired knowledge to resolve real-world scenarios using SAP technologies.

This year’s orientation kicked off with a brief introduction into the history, mission, and vision of SAP presented by Balaji Rao Gaddam, VP and Chief Solutions Architect of CoE NA Manufacturing. Students learned about some of the system solutions CoE provides for many of the largest multinational corporations in the world, such as Apple, Nike, and PayPal. In addition to discussing the business and technical aspects of working in the tech industry, Balaji also encouraged the students to be curious, consistent, and competitive as they continue their education and begin to make important career choices.

For the main project of the week, students were tasked with creating and proposing a deliverable solution for a mock SAP customer. In the scenario, the customer is a large energy corporation that’s losing money due to repair costs and operation downtime from overheating turbine bearings. The students worked in teams to collect real-time temperature and RPM data to be displayed within a front-end user interface application that would allow the customer to monitor turbine performance. At the end of the week, each team showcased their successful solution to SAP members and mentors.

The CoE Summer Orientation is a unique opportunity for students passionate about computer science to explore their interests before graduating and embarking on the next stage of their educational journey, and SAP wants to be involved along the way to provide students the guidance necessary to make informed decisions about their futures. And what better way to achieve this than to provide students access to the cutting-edge technologies created by SAP to drive innovation and the future of digital business transformation.

The students enjoyed their time at SAP, describing the week as both fun and informative. See for yourself what they’ve had to say.

“The program was really insightful, not only into corporate life but also into the technologies that power really large companies. I didn’t previously have any coding background, but this program helped expand my scope.” – Felicia Yan, North Penn High

“This orientation was definitely both an educational and fun experience. During my week at SAP, I was able to work in an innovative, technologically immersive environment and be mentored by knowledgeable employees and peers…. I learned a lot about how the Raspberry Pi, Python code, and HANA Database/IDE all intertwined to create a successful application that solved a realistic business problem. Opportunities such as this inspire me to keep coding and help me realize my college/career interests. I really recommend other students to participate in this amazing opportunity!” – Hannah Nguyen, PA Leadership Charter School University Scholars Program

“Thank you for the opportunity to be exposed to the working environment in SAP through the Summer Orientation program. I was able to consolidate all my previous experience and put it into one single real-world application that was challenging and enjoyable at the same time. Additionally, the daily presentations with interesting, contemporary technical topics were educational and helped me learn more about what areas I am most interested in. My only regret is that the program couldn’t be longer.” – Justin Huang, Conestoga High

High school students interested in attending the 2018 CoE Summer Orientation should send a cover letter, resume, and high school transcript to Megan Rech (megan.rech@sap.com) by 7 May 2018. Reference letters are also welcome, but not required. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in STEM and a desire to pursue further study and/or a career in a STEM-related field.

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