P-TECH East Campus @ Watervliet

Update - January 17, 2020

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New Year, New Technology Experiences

In the first two weeks of 2020, P-TECH students have been introduced to new opportunities with technology.

Spheros are small robotic spheres. Over the last two weeks, students have had the opportunity to use their cell phone or laptop to manually control Spheros and to write code to send them on a specific task.

Python is a general purpose programming language. On Thursday, January 9, our partners from Albany Can Code introduced the language to P-TECH students. During this time students were able to code a Rock, Paper, Scissors game.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - On Thursday, January 16, P-TECH students were able to work with different platforms for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Students used google cardboard, merge cubes, and an HTC Vive system to explore VR and AR experiences that were related to their English, science, and social studies units.

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Representatives from GLOBALFOUNDRIES joined P-TECH 9th grade students as they explored VR and AR. The students were able to take a virtual tour of the GLOBALFOUNDRIES plant in Malta and also learned more about the company and chip manufacturing.

P-TECH Projects

Lord of the Flies, adaptations, evolution, and board games - ask a P-TECH 9th grade student how they are connected and stay tuned for more information about this English/Living Environment project.

How strong is your bridge? 10th grade P-TECH students have submitted bridge designs using geometric principles. Construction and testing will begin soon.

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Hudson Valley Community College

This week P-TECH 10th grade students visited HVCC and worked with college staff to learn more about the Computer Information Systems and Cybersecury degree pathways.

10th grade students also completed their first college course, HVCC - College Forum, in December and will begin their next course, Psychology 100, on January 21.

Thank you HVCC for all of the experiences and opportunities you are providing to P-TECH students!

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Career Roundtables and Business 101 Mentorship

P-TECH students will continue to have opportunities to explore different careers and learn about the world of work from local professionals.

On February 7, Business 101 mentors will be back to continue working with 10th grade students.

On February 14, 9th grade students will be participating in their next career exploration roundtable.

Thank you to all of the local businesses that participate in these meaningful experiences!

Do you know an 8th grade student who might be interested in P-TECH?

Click on the link below for information about upcoming P-TECH recruitment events.

Important Dates

Monday 1/20 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday 1/21 - Friday 1/24 - See the Exam/ Work Make-up Schedule

Friday 1/24 - End of Marking Period 2

Friday 2/7 - 10th Grade Business 101 Sessions

Friday 2/14 - 9th Grade Career Roundtable Sessions

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P-TECH Contact Information

To contact P-TECH staff, please use the email addresses below, or call (518)629-3331. Please note that this line is not always accessible to our staff. If it is an emergency, or you need immediate assistance, please call the Watervliet Jr./Sr. HS main line at (518)629-3300.

Kurt Redman kurt.redman@neric.org - P-TECH Principal

Tim Honsinger tim.honsinger@neric.org – School Counselor

Katherine Burke katherine.burke@neric.org – Social Studies Teacher

Kirsten Dunn kirsten.dunn@neric.org – English Teacher

Genevieve Balunis Genevieve.Balunis@neric.org – Science Teacher

Chelsea Abady Chelsea.Abady@neric.org – Math Teacher