Opening Session

9:00 to 10:15am, Room 148

This general session for all participants includes a welcome to Tech Camp 2021, introductions, a keynote address and an overview to the camp experience.
Welcome by Smita Volz, Vice President and Vice Chair at Tech Journey
Introductions by Tom Pesek, Program Committee Chair at Tech Journey
Keynote by Erica Jansen, CISSP and GCDA, GRC Analyst at John Deere
Camp overview by Tim Sieber, Executive Director at Tech Journey


10:30 to 11:45am, Room 148

Students new to Tech Camp  in 2020 or 2021 will attend an orientation to learn more about Tech Journey and what it means to be a student of the Tech Camp program.
Facilitated by Tim Sieber, Executive Director at Tech Journey

Inspiration Stations

10:30am to 1:00pm, Fellowship Hall

Be inspired by some cool gadgets as you browse from station to station and learn about various applications or uses of technology.


11:45am to 12:15pm, Fellowship Hall

Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches or nuggets

Technology Sessions

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Check your registration packet for your specific session assignment.

Intro to Git/GitHub, Room 148
Git: The standard enabler of software development
A foundation session for new, incoming students, this session will introduce students to GitHub so they will learn the basics of Git and use this tool throughout their Tech Camp tenure. Students will learn GitHub essentials like repositories, branches, commits, and pull requests. Students will create their own repository and learn GitHub’s Pull Request workflow to create and review code.
Facilitated by Ethan Spoelstra, DevOps & Infrastructure Engineer at Lean TECHniques

Machine Learning, Fellowship Hall
How does the “Not Hotdog” app work, anyway?
This session will introduce students to the basics of machine learning as well as its applications and considerations. Students will work to build a neural network to classify images, learn about applications of artificial intelligence and discuss ethical considerations.
Facilitated by JJ Sandvig, Director of Architecture and Product Manager at Bunchball

Mechanical Modeling, Room 143
Planning designs before production
This session will introduce students to computer-aided design (CAD) with Onshape, an online product development platform that enables collaboration and focus on the design phase of the engineering process. Students will design and work with parts, assemblies, drawings and import files.
Facilitated by Shayne Rich, Staff Engineer at John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group

Web Accessibility, Room 147
Learn about accessibility while creating a simple “about me” page
This session will introduce students to the basics of web accessibility, explain its importance, and provide tools and resources that can be used to write accessible software. Students will learn as they use an automated tool to identify common accessibility issues and then write semantic HTML to resolve them.
Facilitated by Quinn Salas, Software Engineer at OpenLoop

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