Submitted by Carolyn Matthews on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 15:34
Three KidsTek staff members attended a training this week focused on challenges surrounding working with refugee youth. With a high number of refugees living in the Denver area, KidsTek instructors and staff are committed to understanding the cultural, language and career challenges faced by those students attending Colorado schools who have fled war torn areas of the world. The training was presented by The Bridge Project, a University of Denver initiative that serves youth living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods.
Submitted by Carolyn Matthews on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 09:59
KidsTek Classroom Aide Darius Orr helps a student at Mrachek Middle School with a Kodu project. Darius is a former KidsTek student who we hired this year to help in Aurora's COMPASS after school program. A self-described gamer, Darius helps students create video games in Kodu, a free game creation software from Microsoft.
Submitted by Carolyn Matthews on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 09:49
Students at South Middle School in Aurora use Wordle to create word profiles. Before visiting the website, students wrote about themselves in Microsoft Word, then learned copy and paste shortcuts to transfer everything to Wordle. This is a great introductory activity led by KidsTek's newest instructor: Ryan Gudmundson. See his profile on our staff page: here.
Submitted by Carolyn Matthews on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 19:24
Students from High Tech Early College in far northeast Denver attended the Colorado Future Business Leaders of America District 2 Leadership Conference last month. KidsTek students led by instructor Julie Siwanowicz competed in events like Networking Design, Networking Concepts, Game Design, Technology Concepts and Interviewing. Four KidsTek students in teams of two competed in Network Design, a competition where they were given a scenario such as how to network a satellite office. The team had time to discuss the solution then they presented their ideas to judges.
Submitted by Carolyn Matthews on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 09:02
One of the best moments from the KidsTek 12th Annual Tech Leaders Dinner came right after high school student Janet Chavez’s speech. The whole room of 150 people rose to their feet in response to the sophomore’s moving words. Janet spoke about her two classes with KidsTek Instructor Julie Siwanowicz, who teaches Cisco networking and IT Essentials classes at High Tech Early College, a DPS high school. Janet admitted she was nervous, but she spoke eloquently and the room rewarded her poise and honesty.