HARTFORD — There’s a special connection between the month when Sir Isaac Newton’s birthday is celebrated and the year Hartford kicks-off its 375th Anniversary: paying homage to history and looking ahead to a promising future that includes science.
In addition, today six Hartford Public High Schools were presented the Sir Isaac Newton Science Award— plaques complete with a symbolic apple— for their high science test scores and for their national recognition for overall academic achievement.
Staff and students from Capital Prep, Classical Magnet, Hartford Magnet Middle, Pathways to Technology, Sport and Medical Sciences Academy, and University High school of Science and Engineering were recognized. At the gathering some shared science projects and dreams of careers in math and technology fields.
Mayor Eddie A. Perez, who also serves on Hartford’s Board of Education, reemphasized a City priority— education and commended students for their achievements.
Research shows that in 10 years the biggest job growth areas will be in health, green technology and construction, and computer and scientific industries and urban communities will supply 30 percent of the State’s future workforce, according to the city’s press release.
That is why it is “essential that our students are prepared to contribute to the scientific discoveries of tomorrow,” Perez said.
Matt Fleury, President and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center on behalf of the staff also praised the achievements of Hartford students, saying “Yours are the bright minds and the shining faces of the future of our community.”
Abul Islam, President and CEO of AI Engineers, who is building an engineering firm on Constitution Plaza and creating “Science Row” on Columbus Boulevard also shared praises for the city and its people. He said many in Hartford have “helped set the City on the course of choosing the right road to take into the future,” and urged others to build on success that already exist.