New Haven’s LEAP brings technology training to kids, with help from grants

Dr. William Petit awards LEAP and its students $5,000 in grant funding. NEW HAVEN >> Paris Huckaby, 15, a student at James Hillhouse High School, already knows how to code a website. Three days a week, Paris and a dozen other students file into the computer lab at LEAP to learn how to debug or design patterns or functions in HTML code. Computer science major Jacqueline Wellington, who attends the University of Rhode Island, interns with LEAP, and recently was helping four girls design buttons on a live website. She said the girls, all 15 or 16, are breezing through some things that give college students trouble. “They’ve surprised me a lot. It’s crazy how well they pick this up,” she said. T

Yale summer scholars programs draws students to New Haven for science

NEW HAVEN >> There’s nothing like taking science classes at Yale University — and living for two weeks on campus — to give high school students a taste of college life. And the 91 students in the two-week Yale Pathways to Science Summer Scholars Program are proving more than up to the challenge. “On the first day they went through the first two days of what we planned,” Konrad Kaczmarek, a professor in Yale’s Music Department, said as high school students recently sawed thin boards to exact specifications. Their end product was a xylophone. “From my point of view, it’s interesting when students start to get a better idea of how these things they use actually work,” Kaczmarek said. “It’s goin

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