Tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science club members, authors, artists, students, teachers, entrepreneurs, crafter, and makers of any kind—came together on November 11&12 for the 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire!
Around 200, possibly future RVC students, ranging in ages 5-90 visited the Rock Valley College table at the Mini Maker Faire last weekend. This is the third year Professor Konkol from Rock Valley College CIS Department has been invited to host a table at the Mini Maker Faire.
Learning Code For The FIRST Time
Those who attend local K-12 schools, were asked "How many computer or coding courses are offered at your school"? About 90% of the responses said their school offered ZERO computer or coding types of courses. According to Professor Chuck Konkol, "The goal of the "RVC Hour of Code" is to help K-12 students in the Rockford Region receive basic training in coding skills and STEM with monthly workshops like the "RVC Hour of Code" and "Learn Coding with Robots". The ultimate goal is to see Computer Science curriculum required in all K-12 schools in the Rockford region. To find out more about these events click here to view the MyCIS@RVC event calendar.
The Aha Moments
Professor Chuck Konkol and RVC students taught attendees how to control an Ozobot robot with colored lines and drag and drop coding. Everyone had fun watching the eyes of a young person light up with excitement after they completed a coding task that caused the Ozobot robot to move across the table.
Thanks to all the RVC students who came out and volunteered their time to help make this event a success!
Looking forward to Mini Maker Faire 2018!
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"The future of the economy is in STEM”
- James Brown, executive director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C.
Fall 2017 STEM Events - Open to the Public
RVC Hour of Code
Description: Attendees devote one hour to learn drag and drop coding.
Age Range: 5 and up
Dates: 1st Wednesday of month. September - December 2017
Learn Coding with Robots
Description: Attendees learn how to control a one cubic inch robot named OzoBot with code.
Age Range: 7 and up
Dates: 4th Saturday of the month. September - November 2017
Tech Expo 2017
Description: Attendees discover tech careers available in the Rockford region and also get to hear from
Tech Activist and Author Sasha Ariel Alston. DISCOVER tech careers, NETWORK with tech firms & WIN
Age Range: 12 and up
Date: October 24, 2017 @ 6pm
RVC Tech Expo 17 Poster: http://bit.ly/rvctechexpo17
Hack Nights are a time set aside each month for anyone generally interested in coding, and technology to gather and ethically hack. Anyone is free to work on projects or homework, mingle with fellow students, and even just hang out. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join in—there will be experienced students in the room specifically to help beginners learn more about technology and provide pointers on projects.
This Meetup repeats on the 4th Wednesday of every month.
Questions? Please email Chuck Konkol at email@example.com
We are excited to announce that Sasha Ariel Alston, @TheStemQueen, will be our special guest speaker at upcoming Tech Expo 2017. Sasha is an author, tech activist and speaker. Sasha is a 19 year-old college student who recently published the book "Sasha Savvy Loves to Code". Sasha has been on multiple top news sites and talk shows and encourages young women to code.
"I want to bring the excluded and underrepresented into the STEMoshpere of possibilities." - Sasha Ariel Alston
Sasha has been recognized for her outstanding efforts to raise awareness regarding STEM’s lack of diversity. She is the proud recipient of the prestigious Imani Award and the Prize for Achievement from the Kurt Giessler Foundation. She has also been featured is several publications from around the world, including the United States, France, Japan, Kenya, and the Philippines.
Sasha empowers & inspires ALL to pursue coding, especially young woman!
Recently published book, "Sasha Loves to Code", is getting great reviews on Amazon! (See http://amzn.to/2qG3oSH)
Tech Expo 2017
Tuesday, October 24th 2017
Rock Valley College
RSVP for Tech Expo 2017 @ RVCTechExpo.com
Around 100 RVC students, a dozen local companies and some RVC departments and services gathered in the Rock Valley College Student Atrium for the inaugural "TechExpo16". The event started off with four local companies sharing some of the technologies they use as well as what positions they hire. The speakers were David Knoup and Joe Canale from Ticomix, Sam Basile from TREKK, Jeff Jinkins from Rockford Park District and Mike Broski from Entre' Computers. The speakers kept the audience attention as they shared real world examples of how their company works and what types of positions they hire.
After the speakers section of the event attendees had time to connect to the companies one on one. Companies that hosted a table and connected with students about job opportunities were: Ingersoll, Bisconti Computers, TREKK, Savant Capital Management, Ticomix, Gener8tor, Rockford Mutual, Entre' Computers, Rockford Park District, United Technologies, Transform Rockford, RVC Career Services, and RVC Engineering & Technology department.
The night ended with a drawing for 4 college credits, iPad mini, selfie sticks, and freshly 3D printed phone stands. The response from RVC students and companies was to make this a yearly, if not every semester event!
This event was hosted by the CIS Division!
Rock Valley College is proud to partner with Apple Inc., to teach Apple’s new course in its Swift programming language. At Rock Valley College, Intro to App Development with Swift will start in the fall. Students will use NEW iPads in class to learn the Swift programming language.
Currently, the United States has 1462 Community Colleges. Rock Valley College, along with 30 other Community Colleges, Has Partnered with Apple to Offer the NEW Swift Curriculum.
The Intro to App Development with Swift course is designed to help students build a solid foundation in programming fundamentals using Swift as the language. Throughout the course, students get practical experience with the tools, techniques, and concepts needed to build a basic iOS app from scratch. They’ll also learn user interface design principles, which are fundamental to programming and making great apps.
Register now for Fall 2017 CIS-280 while seats are available!
The Summer 2017 iOSBootCamp wrapped up Saturday, June 3rd. Students successfully created four complete apps in just four Saturdays. This was the fourth iOSBootcamp. The bootcamp teaches students how to create mobile apps using Apple's popular Swift language. App design concepts are also covered in the following areas: Mapkit, SpriteKit (Gaming), Database (Core Data & JSON), and Media (Photos and Pictures).
Click here to view the source code along with lessons
Association of Latin American Students from Rock ValleyCollege celebrates “New Generation, Same Mission” at their Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference on Friday, May 5th with 200+ students #ALASHLC17. The CIS Division attended event and had a great time visiting with future RVC students.