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Repost from BDPA Foundation Blog, Author: Wayne Hicks
I've watched Ahmed Mahamad over the past few years as he came to the annual BDPA Technology Conferences. He has been a student representative of our BDPA chapter from Rochester, MN. He began his BDPA legacy as a high school student ... and continued it this year as a student participant in the college division of the BDPA IT Showcase.
As a University of Minnesota student, majoring in Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Ahmed Mahamad finds tremendous satisfaction helping his peers achieve their own successes. In 2006 Ahmed joined the BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter Youth Computer Training Program (YCTP). The YCTP class is focused on teaching advanced web programming to high school students. BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter trains over sixty students each year, meeting for three hours each Saturday over nine months. At the end of a rigorous training season, the top five students are chosen to represent Southern Minnesota chapter at the National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Championship.
Programming Students Pick Up 4th National Title. Can you say dynasty? A team of Rochester high school students representing the local Black Data Processing Associates chapterchalked up its fourth straight national championship in a programming competition in Philadelphia last weekend.
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"All that we do is for the advancement of High School Students. We are an organization that specializes in Information Technology (IT). It is our duty to provide sound Education for these students while promoting college enrollment through Scholarships. If we carry out our duties as expected and more, our national motto "From the classroom to the Boardroom" will be fulfilled."
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Our Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program includes any youth education program that promotes science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) for young people in the Kindergarten thru 12th grade. One subset of the SITES program is our High School Computer Competition (HSCC) which is holding its 25th annual national championships in Philadelphia later this month.
BDPA Hampton Roads made a decision this year to take the SITES program to the next level with their Zenith Challenge Project. The Zenith Challenge provides students with a chance to create and compete with unmanned aircraft. BDPA Hampton Roads chapter, co-founded by Joe McMahon and Wayne Cross, worked with 15 high school students ... known as the Zenith Challengers.
A National Science Foundation (NSF) program designed to increase the number of students receiving post-secondary computer science degrees, with special emphasis on underrepresented minorities, has found dramatic success, says a AAAS report.
"Telling the Stories of the BPC Alliances: How One NSF Program Is Changing the Face of Computing" was released online this week. The report states that while the number of students pursuing computer science degrees has declined nationally, institutions participating in the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program "are defying the national trends ... with cohorts of underserved students being reached, gaining confidence and skills, and making progress towards degrees and careers in computing."
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