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High School, Middle School Students Demonstrate High Tech Smarts at NJIT Event

Sixteen high school and middle school students will show off their high tech prowess to parents and business sponsors on Aug. 11, 2010, during the closing ceremony of the NJIT 2010 Summer Capstone and Real World Connections Programs for high school students.  Both programs, which are sponsored by the NJIT College of Computing Sciences (CCS), enable pre-college and college students to collaborate on projects for area businesses, corporations and others.

The event will take place in the second floor Campus Center Ballroom at NJIT.  The program includes the judging of projects (11 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m.); parent pot luck dish luncheon (12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.); award ceremony (1-3 p.m.)

Seven CCS capstone teams of college students with help from high school and middle school participants will present their “real world” projects.  The day finishes with a fashion show to support breast cancer research.  

“The NJIT Capstone Program turns the classroom into student teams empowered to operate as virtual companies with student CEOs,” said Osama Eljabiri, senior university instructor at NJIT who founded the program in 2002. “Market-driven training covers everything from business and leadership skills to hands-on technical workshops. A capstone team in a corporation can save, and has saved, many companies hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Eljabiri noted that the goal of this leadership-focused program is to empower students with advanced career-driven training and unique real world experiences.  To date, the program has been successful boosting students’ confidence, professionalism plus their social, technical, presentation and communication skills.   The showcase is a networking opportunity for students of all ages to interact with corporate managers and others.   

The Carnegie Foundation named Eljabiri New Jersey Professor of the Year in 2007 for developing this program. To date, 500 student teams – more than 3,000 students - have participated in 500 projects. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) administers the US Professor of the Year program.

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.