Saturday, March 2, 2013

Recap of SIT 2013 Conference

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, AAl Tech Leaders from Niles West and Niles North gave workshops at the Students In Technology Conference at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The conference brings together students working in, or simply enthusiastic about technology from around the region.

Aziz Aziz and Alec Hinh, from Niles North, presented Code Academy, an online coding platform that students around the world are using to teach themselves computer languages. They spoke to a packed room and answered dozens of questions about coding and how the Academy works. Audience members were eager to get started with their own lessons.

Aliza Malyani, also from Niles North, gave a presentation called Web Applications For Teens, and gave a detailed Prezi about a variety of Web 2.0 resources offering platforms for teens to participate in social media and online publication. As an avid user of all of these platforms, she was able to counsel her audience about which specific applications would be most useful to them.

The Niles West team--- Farzin Rezvani Najafabadi, Areian Zarrieneh, Sunny Bharucha, Tezen Mathew, and Talha Ahmed--- gave five interactive workshops on computer hardware concepts. The Tech Leaders guided students through an exercise in which they all replaced the hard drive of a netbook. The participants all received a certificate of completion in a ceremony conducted by the Tech Leaders after the workshop. It was a popular workshop--- students lined up in advance in order to get one of the seats.

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