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Virtual Coffee Chat with UCONN Students

A coffee chat is an intimate, moderated conversation between a business tech professional and about 10 students who can ask any questions about career experience. Recently, our own SIM team has led such conversations regarding Smart Tech and Data Visualizations.

Click either image below to watch the full conversation recording:

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2020 Scholarship Recipients

Lola Kovalski

Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy

Lola Kovalski is a graduate of Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy who will attend Williams College.  She has been the Program Director of ITgirl in Hartford, a program designed to teach underrepresented girls programming and equip them with the skills and confidence to persist in technology. She planned and taught Hour of Code lessons to students from Breakthrough Academy and Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy and conducted two successful AspireIT programs for middle school students in Hartford. Lola’s goal is to bring code to every Hartford school so far has helped start a Girls Who Code club at seven city schools. She has had three technology-based internships, sat on numerous women in STEM panels, and testified to the Connecticut state legislature to support a Computer Science Education bill that was passed in 2019.  Lola is a three year recipient of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Xannia Simpson

Pathways Academy of Technology and Design

Xannia Simpson is a graduate of Pathways Academy of Technology and Design is currently attending East Los Angeles College and plans to transfer to Howard University to major in computer Science after earning credits for many required courses. Xannia reports that “I've always shared a level of curiosity for technology since a young age I’ve strived to figure out how things work and technology has fascinated me the most.  I enjoy the beauty that lies behind the madness of code and I also like the fact that with technology and computers really they do what the code tells them to do.  Math also has a huge impact on my interest because it is my favorite subject.” Her teacher writes “Xannia is an outgoing, passionate leader who dives head-first into any challenge presented to her. Her drive, eagerness to be involved, and natural ability to build connections has made her a fantastic asset to our school.”

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