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Students Visit World Wide Technology for STEM Forum

Students Visit World Wide Technology for STEM Forum

On January 11, 2018, students from the ITG, Web and Computer Programming, and Cisco Networking classes were selected to participate in the 3rd Annual World Wide Technology (WWT) STEM Forum. The forum focuses on educating High School students on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Approximately 20 schools in the St. Louis area were chosen to participate.

Through the STEM forum, WWT aims to provide students opportunities to improve their academic proficiency and give them a competitive advantage for college enrollment, increase overall awareness and focus on STEM, and share WWT internship and career options with prospective talent.

South Tech instructors chose 9 students to participate in the forum. From ITG, Mr. Moore selected Ben Bodily, Michael LaBarbera, and Jake Sage. Mrs. Borcherding chose Web & Computer Programming students Mark DeVaughan and Lucas Sanchas and Mrs. Myers chose Cisco Networking students Josh Buijk, Nathan Scott, Dakota Smith, Jacob Witt.

Our students participated in the kick-off event last week at WWT headquarters that introduced them to the program. Additionally, each participating team was assigned a mentor.

In stage two of the forum, WWT will host a Student Hack-a-thon on Saturday, February 24, 2018 that will allow students to display their knowledge, skills, creativity, and innovation. Students will be working on projects that develop a solution that use technology to solve a problem for their own STEM program and will include weekly check-ins with their mentor as they prepare for the event. The winning school will receive a $10,000 grant from WWT and each team member will also receive a monetary award.

South Tech students are very excited to get started on their project and begin working with their mentor. Results of the team’s efforts will be shared in March.

Students interested in Information Technology careers have options at Tech that will immerse them in real world environments and challenges, connect them to outstanding industry partners, and allow them to earn certifications and college credit as they prepare for post-secondary pursuits. Learn more about these programs and how to apply to Tech here: http://southtechnical.org/programs/.

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