Connecticut high school students to learn new skills at Quinnipiac Dec. 16 and 18

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Local high school students during a workshop Dec. 16

Dec. 17, 2013 - Several hundred high school students from across Connecticut are spending the day at Quinnipiac Dec. 16 and 18 to attend programs on movie making, app design, entrepreneurship and science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Dec. 17 session was cancelled because of inclement weather.

On Dec. 16, students from Crosby, Danbury, East Haven, Engineering and Science University Magnet School, James Hillhouse, Metropolitan Business Academy, New Britain, Newington, Newtown, Pathways to Technology, Simsbury, Terryville and Thomaston high schools traveled to the Mount Carmel Campus to attend Digital Media and Movie Making (DM3) and Research, Design, and Development (RD2) programs. 

Quinnipiac faculty and staff from the Center for 21st Century Skills at Education Connection hosted workshops on team building, producing, interviewing, directing, multimedia and web design, journalism, video editing, mobile app design and theory, and audio acquisition.

Rebecca Abbott and Liam O'Brien, professors in the School of Communications at Quinnipiac, also discussed their most recent documentary, "Ireland's Great Hunger."

"This program is unique nationally for its cutting-edge involvement in digital media arts technology for high school students, in their preparation for higher education work in film, video and interactive digital media production and design and for their future careers in the entertainment and information industries," O'Brien said.

The Digital Media and Moving Making Program, currently in 12 Connecticut high schools, is one of two 10th grade technology courses in the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences sequence. The other is the Research, Design, and Development Mobile App Design course, which runs in 14 schools.

Quinnipiac has been involved with the Connecticut Career Choices' Digital Media and Movie Making program since its inception and is now a partner of the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

On Dec. 18, sophomores from the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which is comprised of students from Bethel, East Haven, East Hartford, Engineering and Science University Magnet School, James Hillhouse, New Fairfield, Pomperaug, Shepaug, Stonington, Wilbur Cross and Wamogo, will head to Quinnipiac for a workshop on science technology, engineering and math. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

They also will learn about six critical skills - information literacy, collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation, problem solving and responsible citizenship - as they relate to experiences beyond the high school classroom. Karen Bliss, an assistant professor of mathematics at Quinnipiac who uses sciences and engineering in her math research, will be the keynote speaker.

Additionally, students will attend two of six breakout sessions: making connections across the science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines; biochemistry and technology; engineering design; how to present data; mobile app design and theory; and directing.

These programs, initiatives by Connecticut Career Choices and the Center of 21st Century Skills at Education Connection, engage high school students throughout Connecticut in education that stimulates interest and develops skills in science, technology, engineering and math. Connecticut Career Choices recently received an Investment in Innovation Grant (i3) from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a 9th12th grade Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

View more photos from the Dec. 16 session