By user12609677 on Jul 20, 2009
For the fourth year in a row the Sun Black Employee Network and a whole bunch of other Sun volunteers came together to host 60+ students from this year's NJ Governor's School of Engineering and Technology Program. We were back in our Somerset office once again which made for easy logistics this time around - the program ran pretty much on time most of the day although it was tough to keep the session s from running over.
This year we have a Facebook fan page where we've been posting information, photos, and videos about the program.
We experimented with fewer but longer sessions this year - 6 sessions lasting 30 mins vs 9 sessions lasting 20 mins. I think the new format went over well but our survey responses are still coming in so I'll report back on the general consensus from the students. They kept their energy levels up all day and many said they got a lot out of the content. It doesn't hurt that I'm sure they enjoyed the tons of giveaways we had for this year's program. And speaking of content I promised I'd put the presentations up on my blog so the students could dive into the issues discussed in more detail.
- Opening Keynote: Change Your World
- Career Paths
- Netbeans/JavaFX (Session Source Code)
- Storage and Data Management Trends
- Sun Ray / VDI
- Cloud Computing
In addition the website referenced during the Student Learning Services lunch time session are as follows:
- Sun Academic Initiative: http://sun.com/sai
- Sun Student Zones: http://sun.com/students, http://osum.sun.com
- Sun Software Download Zone: http://sun.com/downloads
- Sun Developer Network: http://developers.sun.com/
- JavaFX: http://javafx.com
- Scratch at the SDN Young Developers zone: http://java.sun.com/new2java/learning/young_developers.jsp
Lastly I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the Sun volunteers for all the help. Pulling off these events are never easy - throw in a few hiccups into the mix and things get even more interesting That said I think the program ran rather smoothly even with less people actually volunteering this year.
At the end of the day I think the kids got a lot out of the event and I'm sure their lives were positively impacted. Without help from you guys we could never make things happen - Diane Mathis and I really appreciate all the tremendous efforts and look forward to your help next year.