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Tech clubs help students see a future filled with possibilities


Once mostly populated by engineers’ children and brain-bowl participants, school technology clubs are now seeing students from disadvantaged homes sign up, reports the Orlando Sentinel. "It’s a vehicle, in that respect, showing the kids what they could be," said Kevin Sandridge, technology teacher for Polk County’s Boone Middle School, who oversees the school’s after-school technology club. "We’re trying to prepare kids today for jobs that haven’t been invented yet."Many of his students come from single-parent homes. Few of their parents have gone to college, and many work in the service industry. Students have been preparing projects for months for a state technology competition, which kicks off April 29 in Orlando. At Horizon Middle School in Kissimmee, technology and media production teacher Randy Cochran said his students’ project would help police and emergency medical responders distinguish between a person on drugs and one suffering from schizophrenia. Other students have worked on ways to protect the environment using technology…

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