Category Archives: Education

App Programming Competition For High School Students

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A nationwide competition for high school students to create mobile apps is being championed by U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty.

vine ios 5Esty, a Democrat who represents Connecticut’s Fifth District, is asking students to create an application and then enter a video to explain the app and describe what they learned.

One entry will be selected from each Congressional District.

More information on how to enter from Esty’s district can be found here.

Students from other districts can get more information here.


Students Can Get Discounts On New Apple Products

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Macbook Air

Apple’s education reward program is back for the upcoming fall semester.

As students return to school in August and September, the computer manufacturer usually offers discounted rates on its products and offers a bonus gift to patrons.

This year, students and teachers that purchase computers will receive a $100 App Store gift card, and those buying iPhones and iPads will get a $50 gift card.

Student and teacher discounts for new Apple Computers can reach up to $200 off, depending on the product. This special offer is only available until the program’s conclusion later this year..

According to the Apple Store’s website, “To qualify for the App Store Gift Card and get education pricing on a Mac, you must be a college student, a student accepted to a college, a parent buying for a college student, or a faculty or staff member from any grade level.”

Photo courtesy of Apple

CT Web Firm Receives Grant From National Science Foundation

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Ruckus Media Group based in Wilton, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to build a means to help people to read together over an internet connection.

Deborah Sloan of Ruckus said,

We’re excited about the possibilities it brings – for instance, a grandparent or a parent away on business or stationed away from home can read a book on a mobile device and have their child hear it read aloud and follow-along in real time (and get reading assessments as well) — as research shows (and we all now know) the importance of reading aloud to and reading together with children.

The app will allow mobile-to-mobile and mobile-to-desktop reading for parents or grandparents for example, to read with children at a distance.

The company is also working on a mobile app with Connecticut Public Broadcasting which will be out soon. The app will allow content to be used after downloading which will allow it to be used with or without an internet connection. The app will also allow CPB to monetize in app purchases to increase revenue for programming.

Community Information Hub Launches For Greater Hartford Residents

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Residents of the Greater Hartford area will be able to have increased access to government and community organizations with the launch of  Community Information Hub for the Capital Region.

A joint project by CT News Project, WNPR, and Hartford Public Library, with the support of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The project will, “increase opportunities for people to have their voices heard on issues affecting them and their communities,” according to a press release.

The Hub will offer issue based forums on the web and in the community to address community problems.

Scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hartford Public Library is a forum on the workforce skills gap in Connecticut. A community conversation about the gap and training programs will be held at the Hartford Public Library on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Register for the workforce skills gap forum here. 

Register for the community dialogue on the workforce skills gap here.

Local Schools Robotics Teams To Compete In St. Louis

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Eight local schools will be competing in St. Louis this week in a national robotics competition.

The FIRST competition brings teams together to compete in the best solution to the problem having a robot pay a predetermined game. Teams competed in March to qualify.

Teams are from:

  • C.M. McGee Middle School & Berlin High School
  • Enrico Fermi High School
  • Southington High School
  • Shelton High School
  • Lyme-Old Lyme High School
  • Wolcott High School
  • Nonnewaug High School
  • Xavier High School


Teams will compete April 24th through the 27th at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Missouri.

Good luck to all the teams!

Study: Connecticut In Tech Top 10 Among States

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A new study shows that Connecticut has maintained it’s position in the top ten for science and technology capabilities among the fifty states.

The Milken Institute ranked Connecticut ninth, the same position as in 2010.  Milken measured almost 80 indicators including workforce, capital investment, and research to arrive its rankings. The institute combined those statistics to rank a state on how well it takes it’s science and technical capabilities and uses those to create corporations and employment. Connecticut was number nine, holding on to the same rank as the 2010 study.

Massachusetts ranked first and New Hampshire ranked tenth and were the only other New England states to place in the top tier. Connecticut has ranked as low as ten and as high as seven in the study over the past decade.

“This index shows the resurgence of the science and tech sectors, and the importance of innovation in state economies,” Kevin Klowden, Institute senior economist and co-author of the report said in a written statement. “States that are traditionally strong in science and technology have come out of the recession on the backs of those sectors.”

Here’s the top ten (and the ranking for 2010):

  1. Massachusetts (1)
  2. Maryland (2)
  3. California (4)
  4. Colorado (3)
  5. Washington (6)
  6. Virginia (8)
  7. Utah (5)
  8. Delaware (10)
  9. Connecticut (9)
  10. New Hampshire (7)

You can find the full report here.

Xavier Students Get Award For Robotics, Invited To St. Louis

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The robotics team from Xavier High SchoolWPI 2013 FullMetal Falcons in Middletown was awarded four prizes including the Rookie All Star award in a competition this weekend in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute hosted the FIRST Regional Robotics Tournament.  FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration And Recognition of Science and Technology.  Forty teams from all over the world competed.  

Christian Cannata, Daniel Colavecchio, Ethan Damuck, Abhishek Gupta. Alan Harrington, Liam Iorio, Kevin Iott, Nick Iott, Jameson Kief, Connor LoPresti, Sean Morrissey , Miles Mortali, Stephen Olis, Jonathan O’Brien, Zach Radel, and Tushar Vig competed.

The awards won by the FullMetal Falcons were:

  • “#1 for Pit Safety”
  • Underwriters’ Laboratory “Star of the Day”
  • “Highest Rookie Seed” for being the highest-seeded rookie team at the end of the qualifying rounds
  • “Rookie All Star” Award for showing a strong partnership

On the basis of the final award, the team received an invite to the championships in St. Louis at the end of April.


Photo courtesy Xavier High School, Middletown, CT

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

UConn Students Create Sober Driver Locator App

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The Daily Campus reportsSobrio, an app created by two UConn students was named one of the Connecticut Technology Council‘s 2012 Tech Companies to Watch.

The app connects intoxicated partygoers with sober drivers willing to provide safe transportation.

You can check out Sobrio’s Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter here.

Connecticut Innovations To Expand Internship Program

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Connecticut Innovations announced today that it will support additional student internships under its Technology Talent Bridge Program that was first announced in April.

The program provides internships at small, technology-based Connecticut businesses for Connecticut college students or students from Connecticut who attend schools outside of the state.

“In its first four months of operation, the Technology Talent Bridge Program has already created some outstanding learning opportunities for Connecticut students, who will benefit greatly from their unique, career-related experiences,” CI’s CEO and executive director, Claire Leonardi, said.

So far, CI has provided funding to 10 companies for 16 interns.  The current interns are students at Fairfield University, University of Bridgeport, UConn, UHart, Quinnipiac and Yale.

“We’re pleased that additional program funding is now available, and that even more businesses and students will be able to participate,” Leonardi said.  “In challenging economic times, it is crucial to cultivate local talent and fuel the growth of the tech sector — both key goals of the Malloy administration.”