Mary Wells | 5/8/2009, 10:23 a.m.
12th Annual Youth Summit on Technology Sponsored by Patriots Technology Training Center
The 12th Annual Youth Summit on Technology for the 400 plus students and parents in attendance was held on Sat. April 18 at Henry J. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro. The all-day youth summit, sponsored by Patriots Technology Training Center, featured workshops for students aged11-18 years of age.
The workshops included Video Game Design; TV/Radio Production; Telecommunications; Engineering; Computer Hardware/Software; College Preparation; and Career Development.
Workshops for parents included Partnering with Federal Agencies to Pay for College and Countdown to College.
One of the highlights of the youth summit was the computer competition where four teams of students each disassembled computers and put them back together. The fastest team won laptops for each of the 4 members of the winning team.
Six teams of four students each trained for three weeks prior to the competition by trouble shooting and repairing PC€s. They trained with MrCooper@ITcomputerWizKids.com.
The team winners all came from Bladensburg High School in Maryland. William Ross, 17, 11th grade; David Aguilera, 17, 11th grade; Josue Aguilera 15, 10th grade and Derrick F. Lewis, 16, 11th grade each won a Dell Laptop. They were all smiles later as they took their computers around on rollers with them.
The four winners all said they planned to attend college in DC at the Washington, DC School of the Arts, where among other things, €animation is taught,€ David Aguilera said.
Thurman D. Jones, Jr., President of the Patriots Technology Training Center, said, €Empowering Students Through Technology€ has been our mission for 12 years (5th to 12th grades) by increasing the number of students entering science, mathematics, engineering, and computer technology leading to a college education and career paths in those interrelated fields.€
He said, €Over the years we have partnered with major technology companies, the government and foundations to support our mission.€
Student from Prince George's County and the surrounding Metro Area attended the 12th Annual Patriot Technology Expo at Henry Wise, Jr., High School in Upper Marlboro. Photo by Maurice G Fitzgerald
Many of those partners showed up at the summit, starting with a mix and mingle breakfast at 8 a.m., sponsored by Pepco and lunch sponsored by the Department of Defense. Other sponsors helped provide prizes such as computers, Ipods, lap tops, electronic games and much more.
€We need your brain,€ one of the naval officers said. €We want you to get through high school, college and then come work for us. It will get hard, but you have to stick it out.€
Parents were encouraged to partner with engineers and naval volunteers to get their students in college. Many of the sponsors encouraged them to prepare the students for scholarships as they interact with scientists, engineers and mathematicians. The Defense Department needs them because the professional personnel will be retiring out of the navy, army and other defense jobs in technology. €You need to start now preparing to replace these guys in a few short years.€
The Patriot Technology students have traveled to several cities this year and last year to The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) conferences from Boston to Texas and also this year to Las Vegas to the national conference.
Parents are encouraged to check out the benefits of having a mentor, internships and opportunities for scholarships for their students to help build their road map to careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
Sponsors of the youth summit included the U. S. Department of Energy, National Institute of Health, Naval Sea Systems Command, Lockheed Martin, the Navy, Booz, Allen, Hamilton, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Prince George€s County Government and Central Prince George€s County Community Development Corporation.
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