Diversity Tech Helps Students Learn More About STEM

Diversity Tech  (Credit: Lana Jones/WBZ NewsRadio1030)

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- While most kids are spending this February vacation at play, about 2 dozen kids from four Boston High Schools are spending the week immersed in computer science and technology education.   

They are taking part in the Red Hat CO.LAB  immersive experience in the seaport district. It's the same program Red Hat offers for adults to practice collaboration and innovation.  

Jamie Chapel, who is part of Red Hat's Brand and Experience team, is helping the students throughout the week -- immersing them to technology.

"They really come in showing interest and they are engaged at what's going on and they are answering questions and asking questions which is really important too," Chapel said.

Cameron from the John D. O'Bryant School Of Mathematics and Science is sewing and programming led lights on a backpack learning to manage time  and to listen.

"We learn that feedback is really important. We are never going to learn from things that we see as mistakes or things we should go on if we don't get feedback," he said.

This week's program is designed to mimic a professional environment to give the students a taste of what it'll be like in their chosen fields.

Aziza who is also from the O'Bryant School wants to see what the life of a computer programmer is like.

"Since I want to computation of biology in the future I really want to use computer science to better the world and to hopefully cure the diseases that we're not able to cure right now." she said.

The program is aimed as a supplement to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs in the schools aimed at closing opportunity gaps.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Lana Jones reports.

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