On Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at the Hewlett-Packard Auditorium in Palo Alto, SDForum presented â€œNext Generation Tech: Teens Plugged In!â€ This is part two of a series on teens and technology focusing on high school students.
Liz Gannes moderated a panel consisted of students from several Silicon Valley high schools. She wanted to know what devices they were carrying on them at the moment. Most said they carried a cell phone and an iPod. (Hmmm. If only Apple could combine the two, it would cut the number of devices they would have to carry in half.) Most of them use FaceBook rather than MySpace, but are usually too busy to blog. If they need to know something for school they look at Wikipedia. Students will put notes for tests on devices and will text message friends for answers. They will use online shopping sites to research an item before buying at a brick and mortar store.
Sydney Butler, goes to school where her friends are scattered all over the bay area. The Internet makes it easier to keep in touch with family and friends.
Bennet Einsender is an avid skier and hard on consumer electronics. He was on his third cell phone in a year. One was damaged falling from the roof of a truck, the second from a pool cue accident. Designers need to plan for such things.
Amele Peisl does not intend to be an entrepreneur, but intends to work in technology. She has friends all over the world and it is easier to maintain relationships online.
Reeve has been programming since she was twelve and would like to see more USB ports on computers.
Katherine Tolentino plans to study business at SCU. Tolentino designs and sell t-shirts online.
The youngest of the panel, Samar founded Elementeo that uses the Periodic Table of Elements as the basis for an educational interactive trading card game.
Demonstrated a project sponsored by MIT, which is a laser triggering device for quadriplegics. He already has a patent on an RFID system to control Hazardous materials.
Doug Bertain, Chris Tacklind and Mike Tramiel are part of the Palo Alto Robotics Team, winner of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) at the Las Vegas regional competition.
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