Voter registration will be available in the WTC lobby next week. This is an activity brought to you by PAIC.
Plan on registering to vote on one of the below dates!
Monday, September 10
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 11
noon to 1 p.m.
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Two forms of ID are needed. Commonly, it is a Illinois driver's license with the current address and an RVC student ID. If the drivers license doesn't have the current address, it can be used but then the second item must have a current address along with their name such as a bank statement or utility bill.
Google has two AIY (Artificial Intelligence and You) kits. The first kit is Voice and the second kit is Visual artificial intelligence. Both kits have users put together a cardboard kit with required hardware such as a raspberry pi, microphone, and camera using TensorFlow neural network. In addition, Google provides multiple demo Python files to test machine learning results for both audio and visual input.
Professor Konkol has purchased and successfully put together the Visual AIY Kit demonstrating the ability of the TensorFlow neural network to recognize objects and faces. In addition, Konkol has begun using Python code to experiment with other real world use cases. The most recent real-world use case is recognition of handicap individuals as they approach doors triggering a door opening actuator. The real-world solutions are endless and Google has given the tools to solve real world problems with Artificial Intelligence.
Testing of object recognition like seen below show the correct category "orange" being selected. AI could replace the current system used in grocery stores of manually looking up produce to determine a product code.
Congratulations to Amy Barbagallo for recently getting hired at Advanced Machine and Engineering. Amy was working at Ebates in customer service and has been looking for an entry level job in an IT department.
Where did you find out about this job? MyRVC.org jobs page.
Company: Advanced Machine and Engineering
Job Title: Network Client Support Specialist
Once again, congrats on the new job Amy!
- Rock Valley College CIS Faculty & Staff
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Rock Valley College has been approved as an official “Girls Who Code” club location! “Girls Who Code” offers after-school programs for 6-12th grade girls to use computer science to impact their community and join supportive peers and role models.
Rock Valley College is the only College in Illinois to be selected as an approved “Girls Who Code” training location!
Starting Spring 2018, Rock Valley College will start offering an after school “Girls Who Code” coding club, two hours a week, for Girls 6-12 grade from Rockford area schools.
Club members will have access to free code training resources, a network of thousands of other coders, and team coding curriculum. “Girls Who Code” Clubs are now in all 50 states.
Professor Chuck Konkol is the facilitator of the Rock Valley College “Girls Who Code” club. In additional, Jennifer Kunkel, programmer at Woodward Governor will serve as co-facilitator.
For more information about “Girls Who Code” please visit https://girlswhocode.com/clubs/
More details coming soon!
Questions? Email Professor Chuck Konkol at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sasha Alston shares special message with RVC students
Sasha Ariel Alston shares her journey of entering the STEM world and publishing her new book, "Sasha Savvy Loves to Code". In addition, she discusses the importance of more women getting involved in STEM education and STEM workforce.
Sasha Ariel Alston is an author, tech activist and speaker. Sasha is a 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)
"Let's support Sasha by buying copies of her book and give as Christmas gifts this year! The story of a young girls journey and struggles in STEM reach a wide audience." - Professor Chuck Konkol
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 firstname.lastname@example.org