LENOIR, NC (March 24, 2017)…Middle school students spent their day working side by side with Googlers during the Students@Work event sponsored locally by Google in support of the Carolina Business Committee for Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
“Google supports this initiative to give students a glimpse of some of the career paths inside the company and to excite students about the vast possibilities of career fields in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Enoch Moeller, Google Site Operations Manager.
Fifty students participated, and Google provided all the resources for the workshop, including a Raspberry Pi (compact computer), keyboard, monitor and mouse for each student. The same computer that the students assembled and programmed went home with them at the end of the day.
The Students@Work initiative centers its efforts around middle school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention. The program helps to emphasize future career options as well as the importance of staying in school and discovering their interests in technology.