Students explore computer science at Siena program

Four Tech Valley High School students recently participated in a computer science career exploration event at Siena College. 

The college opened its labs and classrooms to dozens of Capital Region high school students for the annual IMPACT Program. Students participated in a series of activities and some friendly competition designed to teach them about various areas of computer science.

The TVHS students who participated were Hannah Hoyt, Axton Pulliam, Darien Seifridsberger and Olivia Galasso.

The purpose of IMPACT is to provide high school students who have demonstrated academic talent, especially in mathematics and problem-solving, with an opportunity to explore some of the ways that college students and professionals think and work in computer science and information systems. The one day program gave participating students the chance to investigate areas in which they have potential talent. 

TVHS partnered with Siena this year to launch a new computer science program under the grant-funded Siena Plan for Attracting and Retaining Computer Scientists (SPARCS), which focuses on recruiting and retaining computing majors in high school and the first two years of college.