viNGN Network Technician Kevin Maynard provided a workshop on the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model for the Life Skills and Career Exploration Computing and Computer Science Summer Academy for secondary students on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the Curriculum Center, Kingshill St. Croix.
The OSI model is a conceptual model that characterizes and standardizes the communication functions of telecommunication or computing systems without regard to their underlying internal structure and technology.
This means that whether one is using an Apple (Mac) or Windows-based computer, visiting a website hosted on a Unix server, or surfing social media on a device running Android or Google’s Chrome OS, connecting to and exchanging information between and among them is a snap because there are standard ways of accomplishing these tasks, no matter what.
Maynard stated, “The way I see it, viNGN and the whole broadband initiative was brought here for our youths to have access to worldwide resources. The quicker we can get them to appreciate the technology at our doorsteps, the more they will demand to have it in their homes.”
Life Skills and Career Exploration Computing and Computer Science Summer Academy Program coordinator Everett A. Ryan, Ph.D provided participating students with exposure to a variety of local Information Technology and Computer Science professionals during the camp, which began on July 5, 2017 and ends on August 1.
“It was informative and the students enjoyed it,” Dr. Ryan stated. “The goal of the program is to develop students’ familiarity, knowledge and skills with occupational fields associated with computing and computer science while concurrently fostering life skills development and career exploration. Among the technology-based activities, the participants develop knowledge and skills in computational thinking, coding, HTML, and application software.”
The students also gained skills in business etiquette, netiquette, teamwork, problem solving and decision-making, interpersonal skills, and understanding the interview process, both as an interviewer and interviewee.