Several students at the Career Development Center had the opportunity to collaborate with a team of game developers from SimCoach Games. The students were asked to play a game that is in its earliest stage of development. The game was designed to give information about careers associated with building roads and bridges and geared towards young people from ages 14-25. The team from SimCoach Games observed the students interact with the app and then followed up with a brief Q & A session. The students were very engaged and gave specific feedback about ways the game could be improved. They all enjoyed their glimpse into research and development and were motivated to see what other games are available through the company.
The students at the Career Development Center spent some time during the month of February learning empathy first hand. The Skill Streaming class, along with the Culinary class, made soup to distribute to some of Pittsburgh’s homeless citizens.
The purpose of the activity was to encourage students to interact with diverse people and realize that life takes many unexpected turns. The students first gathered lidded bowls and utensils from local businesses, then decided which recipe they would like to prepare. They made individual portions and delivered them in person.
The students had the opportunity to listen to the stories some of the recipients had to share. They also found that some of the folks recognized the vehicle and were looking for them. Possibly the greatest lesson the students learned was when they saw some young men taking pictures and making fun of some sleeping homeless people. Our students got out of the vehicle and delivered the warming soup to those people who just moments before had been treated unkindly. They had the opportunity to lead by example and to treat fellow human beings with the dignity we all deserve.
As always happens after the holiday break, kids are starting to settle into the serious business of learning. The CDC Tech students are focusing on topics collectively known as STEM, with a current emphasis on engineering.They have been busy researching structures and building projects in the lab and will proudly show their works-in-progress when given the opportunity.
The students were shown how the lessons learned in their culinary classes are applied in a working kitchen setting. They saw firsthand how some of the smaller, less enjoyable tasks they are asked to do play a role in the daily preparation of a successful restaurant. They enjoyed both experiences and learned much, but Buford’s Kitchen was especially fun as they were treated to a delicious lunch!
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