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Jul 19 2011

High School Students Master Technology at Camp

New York, N.Y. (July 19, 2011) – Teenagers are spending hot July days developing gaming systems, programming robots, and creating electronic music as they learn from technology leaders in New York City. 

It’s all part of NYIT’s new Technology Career Discovery Camp, a two-week course that’s attracting students who want to explore careers so they have an idea of what majors to pursue when they get to college.

Ryan Arrrieta, a high school senior from Kearny, N.J., always liked technology, but hasn’t been very involved in extracurricular activities. Now, he is learning about computers and exploring electronic music – something he’s never considered before.

“This course is helping me realize what I want to do,” said Arrieta, who joined nine other seniors at the NYIT camp with similar interests.

During the course, which runs through July 21, NYIT professor Richard Meyers is teaching students to build 2-D video games from scratch. He says his purpose is to turn campers on to fun careers in engineering and technology.

“I enjoy playing video games -- if I can create them, it’s even better,” said Daniel Piazza, from Armonk, N.Y., who says he thinks he's found a possible career.

Alumni are also visiting with campers to talk about their fields. Steve Giordano (B.S. ’88), now a senior lab technician at NYIT, demonstrated how synthesizers work in electronic music. Kate Wong (B.S. ’92) will show students how to program robots, among other alumni presentations.

Students also have opportunities to meet with technicians during office visits to Lincoln Center and Sony Wonder Lab.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 89,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

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