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Awards and Recognitions

posted Oct 2, 2011, 6:19 AM by Michael Reilly
CDAT is off to a great start again: inspiring accomplishments by our students.

The most basic accomplishment is achievement in core academics using a non-traditional approach, and our first results are in:  the 9th grade class as a whole scored 70.27 on their first common exam, but CDAT kids scored 70.47!  While it's not huge, it's a great start and above the average!

Then, some cool, fun things have begun to happen.  First, we had some CDAT 10th-graders voluntarily attend an entrepreneurial weekend contest at http://atlanta.startupcamper.com/ , invited by one of our advisors Asante Bradford.  The weekend is usually a set of college students and adults, and their challenge is to create a software product and present it to a panel of judges, starting on Friday night and ending on Sunday afternoon.  8 teams were formed Friday night, and our team of Luke, Sebastian, Garrett and Austin worked with a local tech entrepreneur to finish third!!  Not only did they finish, but one judge liked the concept so much, they want to make contact with the Coca-Cola company to propose using it!

Just a few days later, we got an email from the Autodesk Corporation, the maker of amazing professional engineering software.  Based on what they saw on their visit to CDAT last year, they offered Mr. Reilly one of 3 scholarships given to educators worldwide to attend Autodesk University!  While there is a great deal to learn there, Autodesk wants CDAT input for their Secondary School Advisory Council on how to use Autodesk in the classroom.  

Once again, CDAT kids showing how great they can be.  Local industry sees the potential winning relationship with our young talent, and the kids are proving them right.
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