Academic Magnet Students Visit SPAWAR Labs for Work-based Learning Experience

spawar logoPLTW Instructor Jamie Corson and his students from Academic Magnet HS were welcomed by Ms. Michelle Rehr-Matash, SPAWAR Public Affairs officer for a day of interactive learning.

Students got to visit several different working labs, including the Communications & Wireless Lab, Research & Development Lab and Computer Forensics Lab.  Then over lunch, students participated in a computer forensics activity with Mr. Bill Littleton, an accomplished SPAWAR computer scientist . The students enjoyed the activity involving meta data & GPS data integrated into photographs.

“The opportunity to visit SPAWAR offered students the ability to meet with a wide range of engineers and technicians.” said Mr. Corson.  “They left with a better understanding about the various projects taking place behind the guard gate, and the important role the organization serves in our national security”, added Corson. The students also learned about opportunities for federal internships and co-op programs aimed at both high school and college students.

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St. Johns High School Students Excel in Computer Science Class

Students at St. Johns High School are preparing for high demand, high wage jobs in Computer Science related professions.

Mr. Darwin Shorters, their Intro to Computer Science instructor said, “My students are working on developing an Air Hockey game for the Andriod environment!”

“They use paired programming and the Agile software development methodology to develop and program all our software applications.  This is the 3rd Andriod App they’ve created so far this semester which is truly wonderful because none of the students had any prior experiences with coding or programming”, Mr. Shorters explained.

Congratulations to Mr. Shorters and his students on their classroom success!

Here are some pictures of his students in action:

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