Saturday, March 24, 2012

Take Five: Temitope Sonuyi (BDPA Los Angeles)

Temitope Sonuyi is a remarkable man. Temitope earned his masters in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A few years ago he decided to start his own business ... so he founded Duffled. Duffled is a text messaging (SMS) marketing tool.

In any case, Temitope is making his mark as an enthusiastic volunteer instructor at the weekend computer camp sessions hosted by BDPA Los Angeles chapter. He has supported the training of students that represent Los Angeles in regional and national computer competitions.

We asked Temitope to participate in our 'Take Five' Interview Series:

    Temitope Teaches!
  1. How did you get involved with BDPA? - I heard about it through the friend of a friend. I got connected with the local chapter and volunteered for helping out with the program.
  2. What is the most rewarding aspect of working with BDPA? - There are so many multi-layered and rewarding aspects of working with BDPA but to pick a couple I would say:
    • Seeing young minds become skilled in the craft of web programming and then teamwork. It is rewarding to be a part of the enlightenment process with the kids.
    • Seeing the competitive and highly skilled teams perform at the national convention.
  3. Can you share a 'success story' about any of your past HSCC students? - My involvement with the program has been over the past two years ... so we are still seeing the kids stories being written. I do think we will have some success stories from our students in the past two years; but as of now we are a work in progress.
  4. What would future evolution or change would you like to see in BDPA's STEM-based training? - More collaborative efforts during the training period prior to the competition (Either between programs (sharing lesson plans and strategies) or students (question/answer forum thing).
  5. Any advice for people considering a donation to BETF? - Give till you can't give no more.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) appreciates Temitope for taking time to share his insights for this blog post. Our hope is that those of you reading this 'Take Five' interview will be inspired enough to support the college scholarship fundraising currently underway for BDPA Los Angeles chapter student members.

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