Elkhart Students and Families Learn About Careers in Computer Engineering

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Charter Communications principle engineer Reuben Patterson takes questions from the class about how computers work.

Submitted by the APS Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Team

Elkhart Elementary School students recently enjoyed a visit from a guest speaker to further explore their “Where We Are in Place and Time” unit of study, which has a focus on inventions and innovations that are the product of experience. Guest of honor Reuben Patterson, principle engineer at Charter Communications, formerly Time Warner Cable, spoke to third graders about how computers workStudents were given an all-access pass to the world of computer networking, including learning about software, memory, processors, and Network Interface Cards (NIC).  The learning activity was to demonstrate to students how computers send and receive messages and showcase the importance of each function along the way.

The presentation was followed by a parent visit to Charter Communications, where parents toured the facility, listened to an overview of the company and engaged in a discussion about career opportunities at Charter Communications.  This was all part of continued outreach and engaging parents and families in postsecondary and workforce readiness planning for their child’s future. 

Providing students and parents access and exposure opportunities supports the district's vision of every student shaping a successful future and aligns with APS 2020's goal 1 that every student will have a plan for his or her future

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Parents of Elkhart students tagged along with their children to tour the Charter Communications facility.