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Students, staff celebrate the season 'floating down the avenue' in the Endicott Holiday Parade Staff lead cheers for BOCES Panthers Special Olympics team Broome Leadership Institute's Class of 2019 visits BOCES BOCES board president Sandra Ruffo and PALS student Jeana Whiting show their support for 'World Kindness Day' BOCES students, staff take the plunge in support of Special Olympics Retired dentist Dr. Sam Ruffo and wife Sandra donate an authentic skeleton to the P-TECH Health Studies program BOCES Board President Sandra Ruffo offers words of encouragement as PALS/Oak Tree Bell Choir prepares to perform at NYSSBA Convention in Rochester New Visions business students meet Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack Criminal justice students help early-morning visitors find event parking Pumpkin launch provides lessons in 'STEM' (science, technology, engineering, math) Vestal fire crew provides home safety lessons for young students  BOCES staff, students kick off 'Bullying Prevention Month' with show of support Students take part in Day of Caring by helping out at JC Senior Center Students hone skills at BOCES' annual Summer STEAM Academy
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hour of code logo Students - high school and preschool - work together on computer literacy
Much like teaching the alphabet and counting to ten, it's never too soon to begin introducing young people to the world of computing.

To that end, grade 10 and 11 students in the P-TECH Computer Technology Academy at Broome-Tioga BOCES hosted a visit Dec. 12 (field trip, if you prefer) by a group of prekindergarten children from Chenango Valley Nursery School, where they get some firsthand experience in computer coding and game creation.

Now in its third year, the "Hour of Code" gives BOCES students and prekindergarteners time together to explore how simple computer games are made and how changing the coding can impact the game.

The P-TECH students created the games specifically for the preschool visit using a special programming platform.Each game was designed to help the preschoolers develop their math skills.
National Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code are recognized each December to promote computer literacy and celebrate the problem-solving, logic and creativity used in coding.  View photo gallery
Engineering Day logo Hundreds of area students take the challenge at BOCES annual Engineering Day
More than 1,000 area students put their creativity, ingenuity and teamwork skills to the test at Broome-Tioga BOCES annual Engineering Day events.
For the first time spread over three days due to growing interest, the hands-on challenge attracted students from 25 area school districts as they worked in teams to create the best "Rube Goldberg Machine" using a box of common household objects. The timed challenge was divided into three grade-level categories: high school, middle school and elementary school.

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Skills logo Hard work, dedication leads CTE senior to presidential scholarship nomination
BOCES Computer-aided Design student Mellissa Locke of Afton received a surprise visit recently from State Sen. Fred Akshar,  who presented her with a letter of support for her nomination to the "U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education" program. (click on headline to read more) 
Contech day thumbnail Hundreds of local students attend construction/technology event
Approximately 600 students from school districts around the Broome-Tioga region took part in a day-long event October 2 where they learned firsthand what awaits them in the construction and technology career fields. (click on headline to read more)

new visions logo New Visions Health Academy - no 'glorified field trip'
Broome-TIoga BOCES' New Visions Health Academy is the focus of a detailed inside look by staff at United Health Services, a partnering agency. That story was recently published by, which can be read by clicking here.
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