Opening Session

9:00 to 10:15 am, Room 148

This general session for all participants includes a welcome to Tech Camp 2023, introductions, a keynote address and an overview of this year’s camp experience.
Welcome by Martina Schubert, Tech Journey Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Coviance
Keynote by Heather Whittlesey, Software Engineer at Wells Fargo and professional artist


10:30 to 12:00 noon, Room 148

Students new to Tech Camp in 2022 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

Future Ready Iowa

10:30 am to 12:00 noon, Fellowship Hall/Cafeteria

Returning students will get an overview of the resources available to high school students through the Future Ready Iowa initiative.
Facilitated by Kathy Leggett, Policy Advisor at Future Ready Iowa, Iowa Workforce Development


12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, Fellowship Hall/Cafeteria

Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches or nuggets

Technology Exploration Sessions

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Check your registration packet for your specific session assignment.

3D Modeling, Room 145
This session introduces students to CAD with Onshape, an online product development platform that enables users and teams to focus on the design phase of the engineering process.
Facilitated by Allan Merz-Rosendale, Technologist at HartSmart Products

Cybersecurity, Room 147
With a brief overview of careers and opportunities in the cybersecurity field, students will collaborate and go on a journey to find and evaluate security vulnerabilities.
Facilitated by Brett Leighton, Director of Digital Risk Management at John Deere

Data Mining with Python, Room 1168
In this technology exploration session, students will explore use of Python for data mining and aggregation by creating scripts that write a CSV file and then perform statistical analysis against the data.
Facilitated by Heather Whittlesey, Software Engineer at Wells Fargo

Intro to VS Code & Git, Room 148
Students attending Tech Camp for the first time will be introduced to the basic features of VS Code and Git as standard tools of software development. They will use these tools as their development environment during the Tech Camp program.
Facilitated by Ethan Spoelstra, DevOps & Infrastructure Engineer at Lean TECHniques

Maker Camp: Agile Manifesto & Methods (Part 1), Room 1170
Veteran Tech Camp students will learn about the various methods of Agile as they develop a special product to be used by all Tech Camp students later for a group challenge on Thursday at lunch.
Facilitated by Michelle Lange, Director of Product Management and QA, and Elliott Beetz, Product Manager at International Association of Better Business Bureaus, with technical guidance from Shayne Rich, Staff Engineer at John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group


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