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High school students welcome new opportunities at the ISTeC Day for students

November 19, 2012
by Rachel Griess

Videos, websites, and robotics, oh my!

The ninth annual ISTeC High School Day brought in students from across the state to the CSU campus to get a firsthand look at information science and technology career paths and educational opportunities at CSU. 

“It’s exciting because this is a campus wide event. All of the colleges and the library are involved,” said Michael de Miranda, professor in the School of Education and program coordinator for ISTeC Day for High School Students. “We are thankful to have such big name industry sponsors that we can connect to programs campus wide.”

Students gain real-world experience

With corporate sponsors like Google, HP, Otter Box, and Microsoft, students were able to choose from a range of contests testing their abilities in information science and technology. High school students could be found all around campus competing in video production, web design, Lego robotics, GPS scavenger hunts, circuit hacking treasure hunts, and Windows 8 game building.

If students opted out of competing, demonstrations by faculty from all of CSU’s colleges provided additional learning opportunities. Students could choose attend discussions on visual programming, mapping, designing biosensors, assistive technology in occupational therapy, Google Liquid Galaxy, and lights, lasers and optics.      

In addition to the contests and demonstrations, students were able to meet with representatives from these industries as well as CSU faculty. Tours of laboratories and research activities provided students a chance to interact with staff and CSU students to get a glimpse of ‘life at CSU.’

Fostering science, technology careers

ISTeC aims to target these students who are faced with pivotal decision-making in regards to their career aspirations and educational opportunities. With careers in information science and technology constantly changing and becoming increasingly dynamic, students may not realize what careers and opportunities are available.  

“After organizing all the colleges with all the industries, we pour the students into the mix,” Miranda explained. “Students are able to experience what industry careers are available and apply them to programs at CSU.”

For students who showed particular interest in continuing their education and pursuing an information science and technology career, admissions personal, financial aid representatives and department advisors were able to meet with students and inform them of the educational opportunities available at CSU.

 With the help of sponsors, ISTeC was able to offer this event and transportation free of charge, in addition to providing each participant with a parting gift and a T-shirt.