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2013 Awards of Excellence
Two Awards of Excellence were presented in the 2013 contest.


 

Champions at Work

Brookhaven Technical Center at Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Advisors: Cora Sparwasser and Giovanni V. Chiarelli
Training Areas: Computer Technology

The initial lesson presented was for the returning second year students to develop a business plan with the listed requirements. The returning second year students were given titles of Technical Support Engineers. They were to run a computer service business utilizing the first year students as their employees. The lesson that began as just sharing ideas turned out to evolve into several community service adventures. We set out to partner with different organizations to donate equipment to use for our newly formed business. The students were required to develop a business plan that would come to fruition through the following projects. The first project involved 11th and 12th grade high school students from our Brookhaven Tech Computer Technology and Repair class to mentor students from different schools about computers. The students developed an ongoing program during the 2011/12 school year where they visited students at their home schools as well as have students from other schools visit their school to be mentored on repairing and using computers. In addition, the students repaired laptop computers that are being made available to students in need.

Another project initiated this school 2012-13 year involved students from another school district who became eligible based on essays written to their school's principal. Our program also started a computer club at that school in order to mentor students on how to repair computers. Those who were chosen from the essays had the opportunity to keep a repaired laptop!

A third project involved partnering with an orphanage in Meru, Kenya. The students at Brookhaven Tech were able to repair and supply laptop computers to students who do not have available equipment to help them learn and communicate through the use of technology.

Students share their experience and knowledge by learning and teaching other students about the world of computers. The business is reaching new heights every day. We are building new relationships with different organizations all the time. The students have learned so many new skills from each other as well as through working with our new industry partners.

Palmdale High School

Advisors: Timothy Green and Leonard Moreno
Training Areas: Arts, Media, Entertainment

Our game design class FalconTech, will pilot a program under the SkillsUSA Student2Student program to educate our community about the positive influence of video games. The program will target middle school youth for STEM learning using video games as the vehicle for motivation. It will create a series of workshops throughout the year during community career day events, provide a summer camp option targeting female students, and offer an after-school or online program connected to the high school. Video game are the number one entertainment medium in the world, but how do we connect this 21st century tool to education? Through learning the game design process, students will learn how making a game is about the process and team experience, not the game. Video games have a huge impact on the way children live, play, and learn. Our project seeks to create the next generation of 'virtual engineers' and enable create play.