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CTE Schools to Host Inaugural Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) Hackathon

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SEPx200The Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) program is gearing up for its first-ever student hackathon on April 26 from 10;00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Taking place at two locations simultaneously — Queens Vocational & Technical High School and Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology — the all-day event is expected to draw in 200 current SEP students from all five boroughs. The theme of the hackathon, and a nod to the novice computer program, “Hello Small World” encourages students to contemplate the role of technology in their lives, exploring how it brings spaces, places and people closer together. In teams of four, SEP students will be spending the day learning about the design process as they create projects related to the “Hello Small World” theme using the educational programming language Scratch.

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UAG Technology Students Host Cyberethics Conference

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The staff and students at the new Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology recently organized a school-wide conference on cyber-ethics and the consequences of hacking that drew experts from major private and public sector organizations. The UAG Cybersecurity Summit on January 31, 2013 featured Goldman Sachs vice president Joel Ruffin, a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, UAG Technology Coordinator Kayon Pryce and students Michael Gonzalez and Bryan Valarezo.

Student input was critical to ensuring the event was relevant and responsive to student concerns. “It was nerve-wracking to be on the panel, but in the end, I felt empowered,” says student Michael Gonzalez, one of the school’s more experienced programmers.  For schools that have tech-savvy and tech-curious students, computer and network security can become a challenge when newfound knowledge can tempt students into the uncharted territory of digital rights and responsibilities.

According to sophomore Arthur Tyce, “I like that we have experts come in to give us the latest and best information about cyber security.” The Summit also featured a discussion of the latest cybercrime trends including catfishing and cyberstalking. Students submitted questions for the panelists ahead of time in their Technology classes and were able to engage with panelists in two sessions, one for 10th graders  and another for 9th graders.

The Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology (UAG) was launched in 2011 with a mission to engage students through inventive problem-solving that integrates innovative technology and the habits of mind that prepare them for college, careers and life. UAG is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school offering three Technology Pathways: IT & Systems, Digital Design and Animation, and Software Engineering and Programming. UAG will graduate its first senior class in 2015.