University hosted workshops on movie making, STEM and entrepreneurship

Pete Sumby with high school students
Pete Sumby, associate director of the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, teaches a workshop to high school students as part of the 2011 Connecticut Career Choices' Digital Media and Movie Making Program.

Dec. 20, 2012 - More than 425 high school students from across Connecticut traveled to Quinnipiac University to attend programs on movie making, app design, entrepreneurship, and making connections in science, technology, engineering and math on Dec. 18 and 19. Sessions ran each day from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various locations on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Students from Bethel, Crosby, Danbury, East Haven, Hillhouse, Metropolitan Business Academy, Newtown, Pomperaug, Simsbury, Terryville and Thomaston high schools participated in the 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, working with actors, camera and lighting, multimedia and web design, journalism, video editing, advertising and marketing and mobile app design theory.

"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," said Liam O'Brien, professor in the School of Communications at Quinnipiac, who presented on his student film project in South Africa.

On Dec. 18, E-Commerce Entrepreneurship (ECE) students met and learned about social enterprise in corporations where profit typically is dominant. Kate Emery of The Walker Group and the chairperson of the Social Enterprise Trust (reSET) was the keynote speaker and recognized an ECE student for developing the business idea with the most potential to be a successful social enterprise.

Faculty from Quinnipiac's School of Business and Engineering led sessions on internet marketing, developing a business plan, effective presentations, break-even analysis and design development and creativity. Students from Farmington, Metropolitan Business Academy, Pomperaug, Stafford, Stonington, Terryville and Windsor Locks high schools attended.

On Dec. 19, 10th grade Academy students headed to Quinnipiac for the workshops, "Making Connections," in STEM and the six critical skills (information literacy, creativity and innovation, collaboration, problem solving, communication, and responsible citizenship), as they relate to experiences beyond the high-school classroom.

Keynote speaker David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac, discussed student service learning projects as they related to the skills of problem-solving and responsible citizenship. Additionally, students attended one of three breakout sessions: making career connections, making connections across STEM disciplines, and STEM and health career pathways. Students from Bethel, East Haven, Pomperaug, and Stonington high schools attended.

Each meeting also featured tours for students led by Quinnipiac undergraduates, as well as pizza and soda for lunch.

These programs are part of Connecticut Career Choices, an initiative set up by the Connecticut Office for Workforce Competitiveness. They engage high school students throughout the state 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 an Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

The Digital Media and Moving Making Program, currently in 12 Connecticut high schools, is the 10th grade technology course for the academy sequence. Ten Connecticut high schools are involved with the E-Commerce Entrepreneurship course this year. E-Commerce Entrepreneurship is set to be the 11th grade technology course for the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Student work will be presented at the CT Student Innovation Expo in May with films submitted to the Connecticut Student Film Festival in April.

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