PTECH StudentsNine Rockland BOCES Hudson Valley P-TECH students are the first in the STEM school’s history to complete IBM’s “Master the Mainframe” competition! The four-month, worldwide computing and coding challenge provides students in over 3,000 schools hands-on experience with Big Blue’s newest mainframe technology.

“I am so proud of the skill and tenacity demonstrated by this team,” said P-TECH mathematics instructor Lorraine Newell. “Unless you have participated in the competition, one cannot fathom the complexity of the challenges.”

“Master the Mainframe” includes three parts designed to build skills in stages, beginning with basic file creation and program design in Part One. Participants are then exposed to different programming languages, operating systems and technologies in Part Two before working to solve real-world challenges in Part Three. Students shared their success with parents and business partners during the Industry Challenge Semester Showcase on January 17. Thank you to business partner Jim Newell (IBM) for guiding our STEM learners through this process!

Congratulations to the following Master the Mainframe students:Master the Mainframe
Tristan Barboni (Nyack, student mentor)
Edwin Brito (East Ramapo)
William Colon (North Rockland)
Fred Coronel (East Ramapo)
Matthew Daos (East Ramapo)
Neffie Douyon (Clarkstown)
Axel Gutierrez (East Ramapo)
Saad Mannan (Clarkstown)
Stephen McCarvill (Pearl River)