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Second class of VP-TECH students ‘jumped right into’
summer bridge program at Herkimer BOCES

July 29, 2016

The second class of VP-TECH students during summer bridge program
The second class of Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students poses for a picture during the VP-TECH summer bridge program on Thursday, July 28, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.

HERKIMER – The second class of Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students have been trying out new technology and working in groups to complete challenges during the VP-TECH summer bridge program.

VP-TECH design and drawing for production teacher Meghan Murphy-Pagano and VP-TECH mathematics teacher Kelsey Roseen have been leading the summer bridge program.

“The main thing is for them to just have a sense of community and get to know each other, so they’re excited about the upcoming school year,” Murphy-Pagano said.

Students from Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES component school districts enter VP-TECH in ninth grade and spend up to six years in the program – leaving it with a Regents diploma, an associate degree in quality assurance from Herkimer College, a certification in advanced manufacturing and connections with local businesses. The first class of VP-TECH students started in the 2015-16 school year, so the 2016-17 group is the second VP-TECH class.

The summer bridge program has been taking place from Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29. Students have been doing Rube Goldberg Challenges and a variety of activities.

“They’re activities for them to get to know each other,” Murphy-Pagano said.

One challenge featured groups of students selecting five materials from a table full of materials and then using the moving parts to get an object to fall into the garbage. Another challenge involved using three pieces of paper and three paperclips to build the highest paper tower possible. There also was the “magic carpet” challenge, during which students have to flip over a blanket while standing on it and never letting their feet touch the floor.

Some of the other activities planned for the week included a toilet paper relay, a video project, an egg drop challenge and introductions to technology used during VP-TECH such as accessing iPads and computers and using Lego Robotics to build robots.

“They were good at building them, and then they had to program them too and make them move,” Roseen said.

Students also received a tutorial in Tinkercad, a program used to make designs for 3D printing. All of the students are able to 3D-print one item they designed during the bridge program.

“We’re just giving them a preview of all the different technology they’re going to be handling,” Roseen said.

Students were introduced to the idea of designing, testing and then making changes.

“They have to make a plan before they can put something into action,” Roseen said.

VP-TECH student Marietta Altieri, 14, of Herkimer Central School District, said the 3D printing has been her favorite part of the bridge program, which she has enjoyed overall.

“I think it’s amazing – being able to meet the other kids and be introduced to the different technologies, so we’ll know how to use them in the school year,” she said.

Marietta said she is looking forward to being a part of VP-TECH this fall.

“I like it because I like doing more hands-on activities, and that’s what this is,” she said.

VP-TECH student Joseph Watson, 14, of Dolgeville Central School District, said the bridge program helps students know what to expect for the school year.

“I think it’s good to get to know people and learn good teamwork,” he said. “I think the program will be great for me too.”

Joseph said he also likes the technology that the students have access to.

“I think the technology that we use is pretty cool,” he said.

Overall, the summer program has been going well, Joseph said.

“We all know each other now.”

Getting along and working together is an important aspect of VP-TECH, Roseen said.

“Right now, we’re just trying to get them used to working in groups because that’s a huge part of the program, and it gets them ready for the job setting,” she said.

The teachers asked the students to get into groups with people they didn’t know yet and spend some time just hanging out, Roseen said. The students have been hanging out, exchanging contact information and taking on the challenges and activities, she said.

“They’ve jumped right into it,” she said. “When that first day of school hits, they’re already going to know each other. They’re going to be ready to start learning.”

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