Cisco and Web Compete at World Wide Technology
World Wide Technology hosted it’s fourth annual STEM Student Forum on February 23 and our Web & Computer Programming (WCP) and Cisco Networking students were ready to represent! They competed against 19 other area school teams who were all striving to best answer the forum’s challenging question: “In a world that is more connected than ever before, how can STEM be used to foster meaningful human connections and positive social change within your school communities?”
Our combined Web and Cisco team determined that lack of knowledge about North Tech and its programs might best be solved by developing an app. Beginning with Xamarin C#, the students planned their app and considered initial content. This required real collaboration and compromise, as the two programs did not always see eye to eye on decisions. “When working on this project, it took more than coding skills. It took teamwork, cooperation, and trust among us” said WCP student Marcus Jones.
“This was a great event,” said Patti Venturella, WCP instructor, “and our students did great, they gave 100% and I was so impressed. I would have hated to be a judge!” North Tech’s programs earned $1000 for participating in the challenge. Cisco Networking student Zach Beaver found real value in the experience, saying “The STEM project was a great opportunity and allowed me to understand what it takes to work on a large project with a team. It also allowed me to make a lot of connections in the technical world, which will hopefully help me later on in my career.”
Ultimately, Pattonville High School landed the top prize of $10,000 for their website to support the operating efficiency and reach of a school care closet. Second and third prizes went to Incarnate Word Academy and MICDS, respectively. In all, WWT awarded more than $30,000 to local schools to help improve their STEM programs.
The rewards for our students, however, extended far beyond prize money. Alexa Carrol from Cisco took away new insight regarding app development, WCP student India Booth appreciated the “fantastic” employees who hosted the WWT event, and Cisco student Jayla Templeton found the experience both eye-opening and enjoyable. The most valuable takeaway for all students was best summarized by Kiya Aaron from Cisco, who said the forum was a great learning experience “because I was able to see teamwork making the dream work.” And that real world lesson is invaluable.
To learn more about the Cisco Networking Academy and Web & Computer Programming courses at North Tech, visit our programs page here: http://northtechnical.org/programs/. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019.