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Bringing Google to the students

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.

 

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The Caldwell County School System is a nationally accredited public school district enrolling nearly 12,000 students in grades PreK-12. It is the largest employer in Caldwell County, employing 1,855 educators and non-certified staff. The district includes six high schools - three traditional high schools, an alternative school, and two innovative high schools located on the community college campus. With 11 elementary schools for students in grades K-5, four middle schools serving grades 6-8, and four K-8 schools in the scenic areas of Caldwell County, it is the largest provider of educational services in Caldwell County. Additionally, the district operates the Patterson Science Center, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) center for grades K-12 that features an outdoor classroom environment of 1,400 acres. The school district also offers preschool classes at nine elementary schools; a summer program for pre-kindergarten students; and a 5-star before and after care WrapAround Program for students in grades K-8 at 15 different schools. The Caldwell County School System embraces a diversified student body immersed in a myriad of academic studies from fine arts to engineering to career/technical education through virtual and traditional settings. Students are encouraged to learn, build positive relationships, explore activities that are relevant to their interests, and to put forth their best effort every day as they strive for excellence.