Immokalee High students with a representative from Lenovo. (Submitted photo)
This week Immokalee High School’s Academy of Information Technology got the chance to showcase something very special. They were selected as one of only 20 schools nationwide to win a technology grant and participate in this year’s Lenovo Scholar Network. “Immokalee High School’s need and the uniqueness of the community won them this grant,” explains Jacqueline Micklos, a representative for Lenovo. The goal of the Lenovo Scholar Network is to promote high-tech skills among high school students and create the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs. “It means our students have the best opportunities for success at their fingertips. That is especially important at a Title I school,” says Steve Becker, Director of the Academy of Information Technology at Immokalee High School (IHS). Lenovo is providing each of the participating schools with Lenovo ThinkPad laptops and YOGA tablets for the students to use in the coding, testing, and development of mobile apps. Participating academies will also have access to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab’s App Inventor development tool to build and test apps. At the end of the program, all participating schools will be offered the opportunity to participate in a national competition for the best mobile app. Students are thrilled about the program. “I have wanted to develop apps since I was eight years old,” explains Tony Castillo, a junior at IHS. Lissette Villeda, a junior, hopes it will turn into a career, “I was thinking nursing or math, but now I am into computer systems.” Congratulations to IHS on being selected, and remember, you can follow along with the students’ app creation journey by visiting www.lenovoscholars.com or by following #LenovoScholars on Twitter.