WESTFIELD - According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Two [out of 20] of the fastest growing occupations are in the Computer Specialist occupational group."
High school students at Westfield Academy and Central School have the opportunity to take courses in web page design I and II, video game design I and II with WACS teacher Kimberly Abbey. Taking these courses in high school gives students a hands-on approach to learning theories, mechanics and applications of computer science in the ever-expanding information technology industry.
As the result of an in-class presentation by SUNY Fredonia's Computer and Information Sciences professor and department chair Dr. Reneta Barneva, Abbey's class was invited to attend the ninth annual High School Computer Programming Competition at SUNY Fredonia on Monday, May 14.
Westfield Academy and Central School student Ralph Bohall took part in the ninth annual High School Computer Programming Competition at SUNY Fredonia on Monday, May 14.
"It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to be challenged in a critical thinking environment," Abbey said.
There were over 30 participants from high schools in the area in this year's competition. First time programming in HTML students from Westfield placed third out of eight teams
"I am extremely proud of this group of 11," Abbey said. "Two of my teams ended up losing a member who was not able to attend on the day of the competition, so instead of three to a team, two of my teams only had two members. Also, some of the kids have not had HTML with me for two years since they are now in video game design II. We did two weeks of HTML review. We were the largest school there and my kids did an awesome job and represented our school well with not only their programming skills but the respect they gave to the activities and events of the day."
Are they planning on going back next year? Absolutely. It was a good experience and with one competition under their belt, they hope to bring home the first place title next year.