Hartford, CT, March 10, 2016 – In recent weeks, scores of students who are high school-aged and younger have come to the Trinity College campus to participate in events designed to motivate and cultivate their interest in both educational and career opportunities. For some, it was the first time they set foot on a college campus, and it might have been a daunting experience. However, Trinity student volunteers played an important part in welcoming the younger students, showing them around campus, and helping put them at ease so they could make the most of their time at Trinity.
The largest of these gatherings was “Rock Your Future 2016,” a Hartford Youth Employment and Empowerment Day that is a collaboration of the City of Hartford, Capital Workforce Partners, Hartford Public Schools, and the Hartford Student Senate. Hosted by Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, the event drew nearly 500 high school students, family members, and volunteers to Trinity on Saturday, February 20. Hartford students ages 14-19 had the opportunity to develop and practice skills such as creating a resume, preparing for an interview, filling out a job or internship application, and starting a college search. Attendees also had the opportunity to take campus tours, led by Trinity student tour guides. Check out photos from Rock Your Future here.
On Saturday, February 27, a total of 44 Trinity student volunteers worked closely with Alison Draper, director of Trinity’s Science Center and lecturer in interdisciplinary science, to welcome back to campus for the second year in a row the Tech Savvy event for girls in sixth through ninth grade. Organized by the Connecticut Chapter of the AAUW (American Association of University Women), Tech Savvy is a daylong career workshop designed to encourage middle school girls to study STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math. Trinity alumna Donna Haghighat '89, who is co-president of AAUW in Connecticut, chaired the Tech Savvy event. Read a story about Tech Savvy 2016 here and see photos from the event here.
Another recent science-related event was Trinity’s 13th Annual Brain Bee, which took place February 7. A dozen high school students from five area schools participated in the Brain Bee, putting their knowledge of the human nervous system to the test. The competitors took their seats behind a long table and waited their turn to answer challenging questions on neuroscience – including questions about anatomy, emotions, neurological disorders, and memory – asked by Sarah Raskin, Charles A. Dana Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, while members of Trinity’s Neuroscience Club kept a tally of correct answers. Angela Marinello of Avon, a senior from CREC Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science, won the Brain Bee competition and will go on to compete in the U.S. Brain Bee in Maryland later in March.
Written by Kathy Andrews