Students from the Bronx Writing Academy visited the offices of Google in Manhattan, Wednesday to showcase some of their projects developed with Citizen Schools. The enrichment program brings in business mentors from companies such as Google and Facebook to work with middle schoolers. The students then present their projects to the professionals in what are called “Wow” events at the end of each term.
Sixth grader Jeffrey Tejada told us about what it was like to design a video game. “It’s really hard to do, but we spent two hours thinking about it and it came out great,” he said. “I’m very creative on certain stuff.”
His classmate, Xavier, added, “game designing is similar to math because it uses x and y, math variables.”
Other students designed websites and blogged; some developed a personal brand, and learned to pitch an idea for a start-up.