Central Students Aaliyah Lopez, Amiah Gooding, Andrew Boyle, Nicole Garth, and Makala Walker attended the Quad City Minority Partnership Math and Science Conference, held on March 6th at Black Hawk College. This program provides an opportunity for 11th grade students to discover, explore, and experience the realm of science and mathematics in a nurturing environment, with the goal of preparing students to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) careers. In the first session, students were given the task of building a computer from scratch and testing it to make sure it operated properly. In the afternoon session, students learned the basics of how to program a computer. Both of these tasks were insightful, challenging, and new to the students. Although students were broken down into teams, Central’s attendees placed first or second in one or both events! These students will be involved in subsequent programs for the summer and senior year, including job shadows, college fairs, health and science workshops, financial aid and scholarship preparation, and college prep skills.