In Partnership with Intel, Students Attend
In October, two Oakland students, Daniel Davis and J’Mya Gray-Martinez, traveled to the White House Frontiers Conference at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. J’Mya is 16 and hopes to go into the biomedical field, while Daniel is 17 and hopes to work for Intel. The conference is a national convening of prominent scientists “[exploring] the future of innovation here and around the world.”
Intel fully funded the trip for both students, which included a special panel hosted by President Obama. This special session showcased breakthroughs in the field of brain science and biomedical research. The students were part of the National Track, which was focused on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Automation, and Robotics. They were able to attend sessions led by leaders in these fields. After the event, J’Mya and Daniel had the unforgettable opportunity to meet and shake hands with Obama, who told them he was happy they were there to represent Oakland.
For the past two years, 60 McClymonds and Oakland Tech students have attended the Extreme Masters gaming convention in November. At this e-sports convention, students watched some of their favorite video games played out by professional gamers, and got to explore virtual reality advances and the latest in gaming technology.
In January, more than 60 students from McClymonds and Tech visited Intel’s headquarters for a panel discussion featuring diverse STEM professionals talking about the importance of diversity in STEM fields, through the lens of the movie Hidden Figures. The panel included several scientists from NASA and Intel. We also had a number of students ask the panelists questions and advice about pursuing their dream careers, especially as a minority in the field. After the panel, students attended a screening of the film.
In May, 30 students from Mack and 80 from Tech attended the Maker Faire, an interactive science fair celebrating technological innovation and creativity. (See students at the Faire in the last two photos at right)