Lynnwood High School students explore careers in technology during National High Tech Day

 

Lynnwood High School sophomore Mychel Tabler learns about the dangers of texting and driving with the It Can Wait driving simulator Thursday during National High Tech Day at AT&T's Bothell Office. AT&T Senior Product Marketing Manager Kristin Jones watches as Tabler steers a simulated car. (Photos by David Pan)
Lynnwood High School sophomore Mychel Tabler learns about the dangers of texting and driving with the It Can Wait driving simulator Thursday during National High Tech Day at AT&T’s Bothell Office. AT&T Senior Product Marketing Manager Kristin Jones watches as Tabler steers a simulated car. (Photos by David Pan)

By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

More than 40 students from Lynnwood High School got a glimpse into their futures Thursday morning as part of the 16th annual National High Technology Day 2014 at AT&T’s Bothell office.

Students had the opportunity to learn about careers in technology during a half-day mentorship program organized by HACEMOS, AT&T’s Hispanic/Latino Association.

AT&T employees spoke about their jobs and the role of technology. Students also toured one of the company’s call centers, an entire floor devoted to technical support for the iPhone.

Emily Moore demonstrated AT&T’s personalized home security and automation system and told the students about her job and how the company helped to pay for her college education.

Lynnwood's Mychel Tabler sees the results of texting and driving in the It Can Wait driving simulator.
Lynnwood’s Mychel Tabler sees the results of texting and driving in the It Can Wait driving simulator.

Many students seemed especially interested in Brian Higgins’ presentation on new technology. Higgins, a senior product marketing manager, demonstrated some new products, including LG’s new G Flex phone, billed as the world’s first curved flexible smartphone.

There also were some hands-on activities. Students were able to learn how to design and program a simple app with the MIT App Inventor. They also saw short video presentations on the dangers of texting and driving and then were able to actually to take part in the It Can Wait driving simulator.

“I learned a lot,” said senior Ben Jaworski. “I was interested in their internships. I can’t wait to graduate.”

Jaworski especially enjoyed hearing about where technology is headed.

“Everything’s going towards wearable technology,” he said.

Student Austin Lewis liked touring the call center.

“That was interesting,” Lewis said. “It was a comfortable, good work space.”

AT&T's Brian Higgins displays one of the newest cellphone to Lynnwood High School students.
AT&T’s Brian Higgins displays one of the newest cellphones to Lynnwood High School students.

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