Juarez IT Academy held it’s annual Tech Fair in the library recently. The judges were students from UIC’s Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the following former Juarez IT Academy web and game alumni: Jose Aguilar (‘15), Maria Angeles (‘14), Joshua Butler (‘16), Christopher Heaver(‘16), Karina Hernandez (‘15), Alondra Marillo (‘16), Christopher Napoles (‘14), Jesus Nunez (‘15), and Jasmine Roman (‘15). Many thanks to these alumni and to Jerry Smith and his group of UIC volunteers.
SENIOR GAMING 1ST PLACE
Team: Cow Chop
Description: An educational 3D video game,
called Disappeared, with a very engaging story set
during the Argentinian Dirty Wars about a stolen child,
named Allison, seeking to escape an orphanage to
reunite with her parents. The members are:
Lizbeth Perez - Project Manager, Programmer, & Artist
Annabell Bahena - Lead Programmer
Raul Palacios - Game Designer
Andrea Valenzuela - Lead Artist
SENIOR WEB 1ST PLACE
Team: Period 10
Description: A website for a local business that's a student favorite. The team found out that even though Fran's has been around for a long time, they didn’t have a website, so they took matters into their own hands and made them one! The website can be viewed here. The members are:
Jesus Perez - Project Leader/Coding Lead
Christian Perez - Coder
Elizabeth Perez - Technical Writing Lead
Teresa Carrillo - Technical Writer
Jonathan Novoa - Media Editor
Mateo Ortiz - Media Editor
Charlie Ruiz - Quality Assurance Specialist
SENIOR GAMING 2ND PLACE
Team: Mana Hungry
Description: An educational 3D video game, called Salem Witch Hunt, which teaches the player about that time period as the main character escapes the angry villagers. The members are:
Oscar Pardina - Project Manager & Game Designer
Sean Carrillo - Programmer
Luis Chavez - Audio
Manuel Martinez - Lead Programmer
Julissa Sandoval - Lead Artist
JUNIOR GAMING 1ST PLACE
Team: ADA Lovelace
Description: An educational 2D game about the daughter of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace, who was the first programmer (Yes, the first computer programmer was a woman!). The members are:
Alejandra Guerrero - Project Manager, Programmer, & Audio
Ailyce’ Jones - Lead Programmer & Artist
JUNIOR WEB 1ST PLACE
Team Name: Star Labs
Description: This is a website for another local favorite that doesn't already have a website. Members of the team interviewed the owners of Azucar Ice Cream, and they are very proud of the business they've built.
Evelyn Rodriguez - Project Leader / Media Editor
Raymundo Sanchez - Media Editor
Ebonie Thomas - Technical Writer
Abidan Santos - Coding Lead
Juan Garcia - Coder
Moises Batista - Coder
JUNIOR GAMING 2ND PLACE
Team: Dem Boiz
Description: A game based on Doom and with the prodigious coding of Xavier Sandoval. This is the first time Juarez students ever created a game that allowed for weapon exchange and time stopping..
Benito Salgado - Project Manager & Game Designer
Andrew Garcia - Lead Artist
Brandon Ramirez - Programmer & Artist
Xavier Sandoval - Lead Programmer & Artist
The first and second place senior teams of the Juarez Tech Fair advanced to the district-level competition held at Motorola Mobility in the Merchandise Mart.
Congratulations to the senior Gaming Team of Lizbeth Perez, Annabell Bahena, Raul Palacios, and Andrea Valenzuela of Cow Chop for coming in 2nd place out of 12 teams with their game Disappeared (described above).
Congratulations to the senior Web Team of Jesus Perez, Christian Perez, Elizabeth Perez, Teresa Carrillo, Jonathan Novoa, Mateo Ortiz, and Charlie Ruiz of team Period 10, for coming in 4th place with their website for Fran’s Beef.
The following students recently passed industry certifications.
Juniors who achieved their Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification in Photoshop:
Seniors who battled a serious case of senioritis in the last couple of weeks of school to achieve their Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Excel: