2014-01-22 / Front Page

High School Students Design Mock Database For Museum

With the aim of making their education more relevant, a teacher at the Grover Cleveland H.S. Academy of Information Technology has come up with the ultimate challenge for his students. Their class project was to design a database for the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
According to Andrew Woodbridge, the Academy of Information Technology teacher and coordinator of the program, the goal was to build his students’ skills in a variety of areas. “They’re going to be interviewing people at the museum, building their interviewing and interaction skills and that’s really very important,” said Woodbridge. “The end result is these students are going to be proficient at building databases, making presentations, interviewing and eventually working with clients once they go into the business world.”
The Grover Cleveland H.S. Academy of Information Technology is part of the National Academy Foundation, a leader in the development of career themed public high schools designed to make education relevant for students. The Academy of Information Technology prepares students for career opportunities in programming, database administration, Web design and administration, digital networking and other areas in an expanding digital workplace.
The school, which is located in Ridgewood, utilizes these out of school learning projects for its Academy of Information Technology students, along with a general curriculum to build student skills in a variety of ways.
“The students thought their initial meeting with the Metropolitan Museum staff and tour of the museum was great,” said Woodbridge. “They worked on the project in groups and it taught them how to depend on one another to develop what is really a very sophisticated project.”
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For more than 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality and tourism, information technology, engineering and health sciences. More than 4,600 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards. During the 2012-13 school year 62,000 students attended 546 NAF academies across 39 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2012, NAF academies reported 97 percent of seniors graduated.

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