Computer Camp Comes to Campus
Posted July 22, 2014
Western New England University hosted a pair of week-long computer summer camps for high school and middle school students from July 7-18. The students discovered how computers work through games and by developing apps for smartphones and tablets, and learning how to program animation. Nearly 100 area youth participated in this annual high-tech adventure. University alumni with degrees in computer science and information technology also share with the students how they turned their passion for computer science into rewarding careers.
At the end of the week-long camp, parents attend a screening of the animation projects produced by the students. Below is a brief sample of scenes from animation programming language written and produced by 4th grader Emma Hart from Red Mill Elementary School in Rensselaer NY, 5th grader Megan Alvarado from Academy Hill School in Springfield, 6th grader Shirley Yuan, Glenbrook Middle School in Longmeadow and 7th grader Angela Jiang from Williams Middle School in Longmeadow.
The Computer Camp program is led by Professor Leh-Sheng Tang and Assistant Professor Brian O'Neill. For more information about the annual Computer Camp click here.
Law School Hosts Legal Institute for Local Students
Posted July 18, 2014
Western New England University School of Law partnered with MassMutual Financial Group and the Just The Beginning Foundation, to bring the Summer Legal Institute to western Massachusetts for a second year.
Forty high school students from throughout Greater Springfield participated in the week-long institute. The programing involves a curriculum that is highly interactive and fun. Program activities are designed to motivate and encourage students on a path toward academic and personal success while immersing them in many aspects of the legal and judicial systems.
Throughout the week, students watched legal proceeding in Hampden Superior Court, asked questions of a panel of State and Federal Court judges, learned the art of negotiating from staff attorneys at MassMutual, visited major law firms in Springfield and Hartford CT, attended a networking reception with judges and attorneys, and then each student prepared and engaged in a mock trial.
L to R: J.D. Candidate and Team Leader Phelipe Johnson, high school students: Raekwon Wheeler, Caroline Andros, Simone Aldridge-Moore, Alice Swan, Chaise Guardino, Tinsae Erkailo, Laura Ramsey, and J.D.Candidate and Team Leader Tatenda L. Chitemerere
"Much of what young people know about our judicial system they learn from television, which can be quite distorted. This program helps demystify what attorney's really do and how our court system really works. It's an eye opening experience for many of these young students" said Eric Gouvin, Dean of the Western New England University School of Law. At the end of the week, the student's families joined them for an awards ceremony where students were awarded certificates and prizes for their accomplishments and for their mock-trial performances in the courtroom.
Patent Awarded for Portable Drill Bit Sharpener
Posted July 17, 2014
It’s official! United States Patent no. 8,690,643 was assigned to Western New England University for a Portable Drill Bit sharpener. The device was invented by students Eric D. Perkins, Gregory J. O'Brien, Daniel J. Goodwin, and Nicholas W. Kantany under the supervision of Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Glenn Vallee, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Robert Gettens and Professional Educator James C. McKeon, as part of the cross-disciplinary Product Development & Innovation course.
The handheld portable drill may be used to actuate the drill bit sharpener by inserting the drive shaft of the sharpener directly into the drill chuck. This drive shaft is connected through a gear set to a rotating sharpening stone which is pressed against a drill bit tip. The drill bit is held in the sharpener using a standard keyless drill bit chuck. For more information about the cross-disciplinary Product Development & Innovation course, click here.
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