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Salesforce's Chief Philanthrophy Officer Ebony Beckwith interviews CTE Student Aaliana Palmer from A-Tech at the Salesforce World Tour. Thank you to our Partner Futures and Options for providing an amzing opportunity for our students!
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Aviation High School hosted the FIRST Lego Robotics Competition for middle schools on Saturday, January 11, 2020! Science Leadership, Robotics and JROTC students ensured that all teams had a wonderful time showing off their hard work. Next up the FIRST High School robotics competition in March! #aviation #frcrobotics #jrotcny932 
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         Thomas A. Edison High School seniors Omesh Deaudharrie and Brian Persaud showcased their car repair mastery on Jan. 8, earning the top honors and $25,000 each in scholarships. Second-place winners and fellow Thomas Edison students Bryan Jean Louis and Felix Mercado and third-place finishers Leon Boodram and Vishnu Sawh from A-Tech High School in Brooklyn also earned scholarships. During the competition, Deaudharrie and Persaud correctly diagnosed and fixed pre-programmed bugs in a Mazda in the shortest time and claimed victory as the city’s top auto technician students. Thomas Edison Coach Miguel Sierra managed and helped train both of the school’s competing teams. The six students earned a trip to the state finals in February, affording them the chance to represent New York nationally at the New York International Auto Show in April, when 29 teams from across the country and Canada will compete for the chance to win $3 million in prizes and scholarships. More..
We the People!
On Saturday, January 11, 2020, James Madison High School, Brooklyn, NY won the Justice Resource Center's New York State  We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution Competition.

Students articulated thoughtful and well researched positions on pressing questions like : What rights do the Bill of Rights actually protect? and  What are the philosophical  and historic foundations of the American political system?  

James Madison  will represent New York State at the 33rd Annual We The People National Finals competition in Washington DC, April 24-27,2020.

Brooklyn STEAM Center Winter Showcase 2019!

 BK STEAM Scholars wowed the over 150+ industry, college, and community partners that came out to support them on a cold snowy day, at the 2nd annual Winter Showcase on December 18th. The Professional and Technical skills these students have been developing in their pathway courses at STEAM, were on full display. 

 Look out for the next Showcase in May!
Alumni Connections

Christina Nguyen
Brooklyn Tech '18
Rochester Institute
of Technology '23
Now that I have finished three semesters of college, these are the  Lessons I've Learned...So Far

1. Don't be afraid to reach out, especially for more financial assistance from the university! The worst that can happen is they say no.
During the RIT open house, my older friends advised me to appeal my financial aid offer; with an email to my soon-to-be financial aid advisor, the office of financial aid reviewed my documents and increased my grant, which allowed me to commit to RIT. A friend showed a better financial aid offer from a different university and RIT was able to match it for him.

2. Find what works best and discover the opportunities available.
Since I am not a strong writer, I got discouraged from scholarships that require essays. To continue on the scholarship search, I would get my essays reviewed at the campus FREE writing center for help. However, I found better luck through work study. I currently work in Student Government as the chairperson of the Academics and Co-ops Committee and as an Audio-Visual Responder in Classroom Tech Support. My former roommate works in dining services; one of their perks is in addition to hourly salary, every hour worked is one dollar off the cost of their meal, and this cut down the cost of her spending on meals.

3. Take it easy and do not overwork yourself. Try to enjoy the college experience.
Adjusting to college is harder than most people would imagine. I was excited to have more freedom but did not realize that being far away also made me a bit homesick. College courses often push more difficulty than college-accredited classes in high school did. College is also an opportunity to explore your interests. Being super active in high school, especially with academic competitions, I felt lost without those competitions at the college level. While I had the idea of starting up National Science Bowl at the college level, I figured it's better to explore my other interests, so I joined a couple of clubs and tried out new activities. I did not work during my first year to get myself adapted and held out for a job I would enjoy (in my case, Student Government).

4. Develop yourself professionally.
I joined the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, which got me into an employers' reception before career fair, where I managed to get an interview in my first year. While I did not get the internship, I gained experience talking to employers and interviewing. I also joined the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE memberships open up opportunities for conferences, other events with EE professionals, and special scholarships.
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