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High School Web Designers Compete at NJIT on March 18

If your child dreams of designing for the web, then NJIT is the place to be on March 18, 2009. Nearly 500 high school students from more than 43  New York and New Jersey high schools will descend upon the campus for NJIT’s Fourth Annual Web Design Competition.

This year the competition runs from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom and in NJIT computer labs. As has happened in the past, participants have a chance to test their web design skills.

“NJIT sponsors this event to engage students in behind-the-scenes activities used by companies to create web applications,” said Michael Bieber, chair of the department of information systems in the College of Computing Sciences. “Students who participate learn that fascinating design considerations go into each web page. The process involves understanding how people perceive and interact with technology. Students realize that even with minimal prior experience, they can develop the insight and skills to design web applications well, and that human-centered computing can be an exciting career path.”

The best designers will receive cash awards. All participants can receive door prizes which include donations from Prentice Hall, Office Depot, Google and other vendors. Participants will enter the competition in two categories—either designs that were created in advance or rapid designs created in NJIT campus laboratories.

In addition to learning about web design, participants can participate in campus tours of NJIT, New Jersey’s science and technology research university.

Participating high schools in Northern New Jersey are Nutley High School, Nutley; Cranford High School, Cranford; Dover High School, Dover; Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City; Eastern Christian High School, North Haledon; Hackensack High School, Hackensack; Haddon Heights High School, Haddon Heights; High Tech High School, North Bergen; High Technology High School, Lincroft; Indian Hills High School, Oakland; Secaucus High School, Secaucus; Summit High School, Summit; Union County Vocational Technical High School, Scotch Plains; Wardlaw-Hartridge School, Edison; James Caldwell High School, West Caldwell; Middletown High School South, Middletown.

Participating schools in Central and Southern New Jersey are: Atlantic City High School, Atlantic City; Atlantic County Institute of Technology and Oak Crest High School, Mays Landing; Egg Harbor Township High School, Egg Harbor Township; Belvidere High School, Belvidere; Burlington County Institute of Technology and Lenape High School, Medford; Cherokee High School, Marlton; Montgomery High School, Skillman.

More participants include Cinnaminson High School, Cinnaminson; Spotswood High School, Spotswood; Collier High School, Wickatunk; Mainland Regional High School, Linwood; Manalapan High School, Manalapan; Henry Hudson Regional School, Highlands; Jackson Memorial High School, Jackson; Ocean County Vocational Technical School, Toms River; Old Bridge High School Main Campus, Matawan; Point Pleasant High School, Point Pleasant.

New York high schools include: Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack, NY; Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design and Preston High School, Bronx, NY; New Utrecht High School, Brooklyn, NY; Garden School, Jackson Heights, NY; LaSalle Academy, NY, NY; Lower East Side Prep High School, NY, NY.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.