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Hartford High Math Team Goes High-tech

Nearly 50 students who participate in Hartford High School’s Math Team had the opportunity to see firsthand how the math skills they are learning and applying in their classes and competitions will translate into possible future careers in the high-tech industry.

Don Cooke, founder of Geographical Data Technology (GDT), which is now Tele Atlas North America, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, presented to the Math Team on May 23, 2007. He presented information about Tele Atlas’ digital mapping technology, collaborations with online technology giants such as Google Earth, and some of the newest technology in digital building design software. Within his presentation, Cooke also gave students many specific examples of how various math problems, similar to those students must calculate in Geometry and Calculus classes, are solved in Tele Atlas work every day.

Following Cooke’s hour-long presentation, the students were then treated to a pizza lunch. They completed their Tele Atlas experience in the computer lab, gaining hands-on knowledge of the web sites and programs Cooke had discussed in his presentation.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for our students to connect their experience on the Math Team with a real world career,” said Sue Kohnowich, Math Team Coach. “We are very proud of the success of the Math Team, and this presentation was a great way to conclude the year. With over 100 students (almost 20 percent of Hartford High) participating on the Math Team, we hope that we can work with the valuable business resources available right here in the Upper Valley to offer this type of presentation to students every year.”

This Learn to Earn (L2E) presentation is one of many offered to local high schools through the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership (UVBEP). It took place at Hartford High School thanks in part to support from the Upper Valley Workforce Investment Board. L2E, a program through Navicate in Burlington,
VT, is designed to engage the community in encouraging high school students to consider higher-level math, science, and technology courses in an effort to broaden their future education and career opportunities. Through L2E, students are able to learn not only about high-tech careers in the abstract sense, but are also able to relate what they are learning to an actual person with unique and real experiences.

For more information about L2E or other UVBEP programs, please call 603-643-3431 x2902 or email info(at)uvbep.org.

 

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