Six T.C. Williams High School students got a hand-on educational experience Saturday with JAMtech™, presented by the Alexandria-based firm Carney, Inc.
Associates from Carney, a federal contracting firm specializing in advanced solutions, are showing local high school students interested in technology—including online gaming, graphics, computer programming and social media—how to turn their passion into careers. The firm presented its sixth JAMtech™ Saturday at T.C. Williams.
The event was a hands-on educational workshop that introduces students to technology used to develop digital games and applications. Participants are then eligible to apply for Carney’s internship program for the opportunity to experience working in a professional creative technology company.
"We are so excited about hosting an educational event that introduces the talented students in the area to designing and building digital games," said John Carney, president and CEO, in a news release. "As these students look to their future, we want them to know that they don't have to leave this area in order to work with the latest and coolest technologies."
“JAMtech™ is designed with multiple capabilities and interests in mind,” said John Low, Carney’s chief creative officer and one of the lead facilitators of the event, in a statement. “There are opportunities for students to work with graphics, design and of course, coding, but the most important part is a curious mind and an interest in exploring creative ways to solve problems and use technology.”
November’s JAMtech™ content will focus on the Unity game engine, a powerful tool for creating professional-level games. To facilitate participation, Carney executives recruited area high schools students through formal announcements to school administrators, meetings with counselors and teachers and presentations to individual high school classrooms.
Over the past two years, Carney has created a total of 98 new positions, including 17 paid internships to local high school and college students.