Lenovo’s Karen Ondrick Visits students at Academy of Engineering and Green Technology; Check out our Scholars in Action!

Lenovo’s Karen Ondrick Visits students at Academy of Engineering and Green Technology; Check out our Scholars in Action!

Lenovo’s Karen Ondrick Visits students at Academy of Engineering and Green Technology; Check out our Scholars in Action!

Senior Laura Webster shows Ms. Ondrick (second from right) her work.
Academy of Engineering and Green Technology is 1 of 30 academies in the U.S. invited by the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to the Lenovo Scholar Network.  Academy of Engineering and Green Technology has a thriving and robust program under the leadership of Principal Michael Maziarz.  An integral component to the NAF model is having a strong partnership with area businesses.  The Program Manager/NAF liaison for Academy of Engineering and Green Technology is Dayl Walker of Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA).  The school receives ongoing support from its exemplary Advisory Board with Lisa Szewczul, Vice President of UTC as chairperson.  The Advisory Board is comprised of members from Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), Hartford Parking Authority, Yard Goats, Department of Transportation, A I Engineers, and Pratt & Whitney, to name a few.
Advisory Board members and District staff were amazed with the app creation efforts demonstrated by students of AoEGT.
On Friday, April 29th, scholars of the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford Public High school had an opportunity to showcase the apps they created to Karen Ondrick of Lenovo.  Others in attendance were Academy of Engineering and Green Technology Advisory Board members and staff from Hartford Public School System.
The Lenovo Mobile App Development Program allow students to create apps for Android phones.  Apps ranged from children stories and math games to an app to track community service hours completed by students, to name a few.  Some students created apps as a team and others created apps individually.  Shyesha Washington, a student of AoEGT, stated “it was challenging at first but we kept at it and it became easier.  Even when I felt like giving up, I didn’t.”
Teacher Michael McCausland was impressed with the work of his scholars and beamed with excitement as student teams presented their creations.  Laura Webster, a student of AoEGT, stated “I made my own app in addition to the class app.  I enjoyed the whole experience of coming up with something new.  One of my favorites is called Tap the Idol.  The app shows faces of different kapop singers.  Kapop is Korean pop music.  As you tap on the face, their music start playing.”
Karen Ondrick of the Lenovo Scholars program says “we hope to create a spark that will create interest and inspire student scholars to pursue something in that field.  Student scholars are more capable than they think they are.  Our program teaches soft skills, entrepreneurship skills and an awareness that they can do this”.   Please take a peek at the photos of our students in Action.
For more information about Lenovo Scholars Network please visit:  www.lenovoscholars.com
For more information about National Academy Foundation (NAF), please visit www.naf.org
Submitted by,

Tamara Mitchell-Davis

District Business Partnership Coordinator

NAF District Coordinator

Office of College & Career Readiness/Hartford Public Schools

Tel: 860.695.8888

Fax: 860.722.8522

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