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Bothell's AT&T hosted National High Tech Day

HACEMOS, the AT&T Hispanic/Latino Association hosted its annual National High Technology Day in Bothell last week.   - Courtesy photo
HACEMOS, the AT&T Hispanic/Latino Association hosted its annual National High Technology Day in Bothell last week.
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HACEMOS, the AT&T Hispanic/Latino Association hosted its annual National High Technology Day in Bothell last week to help interest minority high school students in science, math and engineering career opportunities.

More than 40 junior and senior students from Lynnwood High School visited AT&T’s office in Bothell to learn more about going to college and jobs in science and technology. The goal was to expose students to positive role models in science and technology.

“Many Latino students lack awareness about science and technology careers, so they miss out on opportunities,” said Delia Hernandez, national president of HACEMOS. “We’re trying to change this through education.”

Hernandez said today’s CEOs and leaders will soon pass the torch to our young men and women, many of whom are unsure about their futures.

“Real-world experiences can be eye-opening for these young minds,” she said. “Exposing students to positive role models in science and technology is the first step.”

Students had an opportunity to use the MIT App Inventor workshop, a tool that helps students design and program their own smartphone/tablet PC apps.  Students also learned about Arduino, an open-source electronics platform used to create interactive objects heard how the impact their digital footprint can have on their careers, and connected with other peers across the country, via an AT&T’s high definition videoconferencing service, to watch a live webcast featuring motivational speakers and interactive activities.

HACEMOS has about 7,000 members. Its members give back to the communities where they live and work, helping Hispanic students achieve success in and out of the classroom.

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