August 2022 Tech Upload

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Alliance News:

As of May 27th, 2022, NEW Digital Alliance is under the direction of new leadership with the resignation of Director, Kim Iversen. Iversen would like to thank you for your trust, patronage, and support in the NEW Digital Alliance’s efforts to solve the digital and IT talent gap in Northeast Wisconsin over the last five years. Her position as Director has not yet been filled. If you have comments or questions, please email NEW Digital Alliance at Thank you!

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WI CS News:

CSTA WI-Dairyland Implements the CSTA Personalized Mentoring Program

For 2022-2023 CSTA WI-Dairyland is one of several chapters in the U.S. who is implementing the CSTA NSF program to match experienced computer science teachers trained in more recent approaches to teaching computer science with teachers newer to teaching computer science.  WI-Dairyland co-Presidents, Amy Fetherston and Linnea Logan, continue to lead this year-long effort.  Newer CS teachers are receiving rigorous, ongoing, one-on-one support from experienced high school CS teachers.  Further information here – sign up as a Mentee even after July 31, 2022 deadline! 

Girls Who Code Club at UW-Milwaukee

Empowers girls in grades 5-12 to learn about computer science and how to write computer code while making connections with other girls who also think creatively. Classes (both in-person and virtual) are led by female computer science faculty and college students in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Classes are free, though donations are welcome for food, supplies, t-shirts, and instructors.  More info or to register, click here.

The Midwest is Best Unconference

Set for Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 9 am – 2 pm CT. This unconference will also feature several nationally known speakers at elementary, middle school, and high school levels. These will include Irene Lee from MIT, Emmanuel Schanzer from Bootstrap, and Diana Franklin from the University of Chicago.  Registration link coming shortly.  The cost will be $10.

If you have some ideas for other possible events or meetings, please contact one of these four CSTA WI-Dairyland chapter leaders involved with this Unconference: 


This one-day conference in Milwaukee, WI,  is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, 2022, from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.  This conference will be held at the Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago St. A Virtual option will be available.

In its 19th year, this regional conference attracts both educators and businesses interested in raising awareness of STEM-related issues, including best practices, developing education-workforce partnerships, and providing networking opportunities for STEM stakeholders. In recent years there has been a strong strand of computer science sessions.  Further information is available here.

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gener8tor Skill Accelerator Program

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Inaugural Cybersecurity Conference

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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Program

The Wisconsin Affiliate of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Program is beginning our 12th year of honoring students who identify as women, genderqueer or non-binary interested in computer science and information technology in high school. This past year (2021-22) we honored 138 students. Our work involves identifying, awarding and supporting these students as they develop interests in CS and IT.  Student applications open September 1.  We have many opportunities to get involved in this effort.  If you are interested in working with our board on these efforts, please send an email to