Monroe College to Host High School Tech Challenge on April 30

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Monroe College will be hosting its first annual Tech Challenge for tri-state area high school juniors and seniors on Saturday, April 30, with academic scholarships and technology products awarded to the winning teams.

Monroe College will host its first annual Tech Challenge for tri-state area high school juniors and seniors on Saturday, April 30 on its Bronx campus.

Monroe College created the Tech Challenge to encourage students to consider technology-related career opportunities, especially young men and women of color who are woefully underrepresented across the IT landscape.

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that it is hosting its first annual Tech Challenge for tri-state area high school juniors and seniors on Saturday, April 30.

Participants in the Tech Challenge will work in three-person teams to complete one of four challenges. Computers will be supplied at team workstations, but participants may choose to use their own. Each team is asked to have a sponsoring educator or mentor with them on the day of the event, which will be held in the Mintz Auditorium on Monroe’s Bronx campus.

Specific details on the four projects will be revealed on April 28, two days before the Tech Challenge, to ensure all participating teams have equal time to prepare and strategize. Broadly, the four challenges will consist of:

-- ­Creating an app to serve a specific, practical purpose
-- Upgrading a dull, static website to one that’s more dynamic and exciting
-- A robotics challenge to perform a specific task/action
-- Applying cyber-security protocols to protect against a specific unauthorized action

“We created the Tech Challenge to encourage students to consider technology-related career opportunities, especially young men and women of color who are woefully underrepresented across the IT landscape,” said Dr. Nilesh Shah, Dean of Monroe College’s School of Information Technology and the host of the Tech Challenge. “With technology continuing to have a strong transformative impact on virtually every industry, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a steady and strong job market for IT professionals with the requisite experience and education. Our Tech Challenge will hopefully spark interest among local high school students to choose careers in that direction.”

All registered Tech Challenge participants will receive a Raspberry Pi, a tiny, versatile computer that’s optimized for learning coding, a $50 Apple gift card, and three-months of premium access to Coding Academy, the online source for learning how to program through fun projects. The first- and second-place winning teams, as determined by a panel of judges from the front lines of technology design and innovation, will also be awarded academic scholarships to Monroe College. Cash honorariums will also be provided to their sponsoring schools.

Additional information about Monroe’s Tech Challenge, including registration information, may be found on the college’s website. There is no limitation on the number of teams allowed from any one high school.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu

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