March 2022 Tech Upload

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NEW Digital Alliance Quarterly Meeting
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FVTC TechKnowledge Summer Camp
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Tech Titans Cybersecurity Academy
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FVTC TechKnowledge College Summer Camp
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NEW Digital Alliance: NEW CS Advisory Board
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NEW Digital Alliance Quarterly Meeting

NEW Digital News

Thank You Alliance Members

The NEW Digital Alliance would like to welcome Werner Electric as a General Level investor!

We would also like to thank Faith Technologies and Heartland Business Systems for their ongoing support as General Level investors.


Alliance News:

What a difference a month can make. Last month we shared how we are working on our 2022-23 strategy, educating teachers about cybersecurity, and engaging with regional cybersecurity leaders via our Cybersecurity Roundtable. As we head into March, Ukraine is under attack from the Russian military and hackers are attacking Russia in return. FVTC is running a Cybersecurity Basics for Business conference in April, and on March 16th Amplify Oshkosh will be hosting an event focused on Securing a Mobile Workforce. No matter where you turn, cybersecurity is on everyone’s mind.

With so much focus on cybersecurity, it is only fitting that this will be one of the focus areas for the Alliance as we move into our 2022-23 fiscal year. We will be building on the efforts we have already started with the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at UW Oshkosh and the Cyber Roundtable that we are running every other month. The Cyber Roundtable brings together cyber leaders from member organizations to learn about emerging issues in cybersecurity. At the last meeting, Che Bhatia, Vice President, Cyber Resilience at Stroz Friedberg presented on security frameworks.

Executive Committee changes at the NEW Digital Alliance 

Scott Steinfort, of Community First Credit Union, has been named chairman of the NEW Digital Alliance’s Executive Committee, announced Kim Iversen, Director of the NEW Digital Alliance.

“Scott Steinfort has been an active participant on the Executive Committee, providing valuable insight and advice over the past three years. He brings the voice of a leading financial institution in the Fox Valley, and we are looking forward to him continuing to bring that perspective and leadership in his capacity as chair of the Executive Committee.”

Steinfort is the Chief Technology Officer at Community First Credit Union of Neenah, Wisconsin. He joined the NEW Digital Alliance Executive Committee in June 2018. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Steinfort has over 30 years of technology experience. He has been with Community First Credit Union since 1987.

Steinfort replaces Pat Rothe, CIO at Plexus in Neenah, Wisconsin. Rothe has retired from Plexus and will be stepping off of the Executive Committee.

“We would like to thank Pat for his valuable contributions to NEW Digital Alliance over the past four years. Pat was instrumental in helping guide the organization through the second year of the pandemic. He was also actively engaged with the Higher Ed Committee where he provided the voice of business in conversations with deans and associate deans from regional 2- and 4-year colleges,” says Iversen. “Pat joined the Alliance in August 2018, and took over as chair of the Executive Committee in January 2021.”

Dates to know

March 16: NEW CS Advisory Board meeting – Building an IT / CS Pathway

March 24: NEWDA quarterly Meeting – Alternative Talents Pool – IT Apprenticeships

March 31: World Backup Day

April 21: NEWDA Cybersecurity Roundtable – Building a Cyber Team, Skills and Tools

We look forward to sharing the positive impact we are making in the year to come.

Join us to help make a difference in Northeast Wisconsin.

Regional News

Tech-ED for Adults

EDCi Announces Microsoft Gold Partner Status

EDCi Announces Microsoft Gold Partner Status

Volunteer Judges Needed

STEM Forward needs volunteer judges for our spring programming. If you’re interested in helping judge, please go to the Sign-Up Genius page and sign up. Feel free to share this information with any colleagues interested in volunteering. More details on our spring programs:

Engineering Machine Design Contest (EMDC)

EMDC is a competition for high schools where teams of 3-12 students design a complex machine with multiple steps that complete a simple task, incorporating the theme. Scoring will be done using an online system, so you’ll need a smartphone or tablet to enter your scores as you go. 

  • Friday, March 18, 2022, from 9:00 to 2:00
  • Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee
  • We hope to have this event in person, but if we need to move to virtual, we will decide by February 18.

Contrapt WI Competition

Contrapt is STEM Forward’s competition for middle schools. Teams of 3-5 students design a tabletop contraption with multiple steps that accomplish the task. Scoring will be done using an online system, so you’ll need a smartphone or tablet to enter your scores as you go. We hold this competition over two events with schools choosing one location. 

  • Friday, April 22, 2022, from 9:00 to 2:00
  • Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), 800 Main St., Pewaukee

AND

  • Friday, May 6, 2022, from 9:00 to 2:00
  • MSOE Kern Center, 1245 N Broadway, Milwaukee

Contact Heather Dummer Combs – hcombs@stemforward.org with any questions.

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Announcing Five Wisconsin Students Awarded NCWIT National Technology Honors for 2022

The National Center for Women and Information Technology Wisconsin Affiliate of Aspirations in Computing (NCWIT-WI) is in the 11th year of offering the opportunity for students in high school who identify as female, genderqueer, or non-binary to be recognized for their computing-related prowess. We’re delighted to announce five students who were selected as National Honorable Mention recipients. This award tier recognizes high-achieving students selected to represent the rich diversity of applicants.  They fall in the top 10% of approximately 4,000 award applicants.

Shradha Godishala – Junior, Middleton High School – previously honored as a 2021 state winner

Angela Gorton – Senior, Ronald Reagan High School (Milwaukee) – previously honored as a 2021 state winner

Emma Maertz – Senior, Nicolet High School – first year of application

Grace Vanden Heuvel – Senior, Hortonville High School – previously honored as a 2021 National Honorable Mention, 2021 state winner, 2020 state winner and 2019 state honorable mention (Former NEWDA Intern!)

Taylor Wilmot – Senior, Indian Trail Academy (Kenosha) – previously honored as a 2021 state winner, 2020 state rising star

Watch for the full slate of state award selections to be announced in March.  The NCWIT-WI program seeks businesses to support the year-round Aspirations in Computing program.  Click Here to learn more.

The entire NCWIT AiC program platform is supported generously by Apple. AiC also receives support for specific national program elements. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, and Motorola Solutions Foundation.

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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Wisconsin Affiliate High School Student Awards for 2022

NCWIT-WI proudly announces the 2022 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC)  Wisconsin Affiliate recipients, honoring one-hundred thirty eight high school students from Wisconsin.

Each year, U.S. high school students in grades 9 through 12 who are women, genderqueer, or non-binary are eligible to receive recognition for their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. This year, 57 winners, 52 honorable mentions and 29 rising stars were selected from our pool of applicants.

Thanks to the generous support of NCWIT Award for AiC sponsors, each honoree will receive various prizes as well as a trophy or certificate from NCWIT.  The list of honorees will be available soon on our NCWIT-WI.org website.

The entire NCWIT AiC program platform is supported generously by Apple. AiC also receives support for specific national program elements. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, and Motorola Solutions Foundation.

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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Wisconsin Affiliate Educator Awards for 2022

NCWIT-WI proudly announces the 2022 NCWIT-WI Aspirations in Computing Educator Award recipients, honoring three outstanding Wisconsin Computer Science Educators.

Each year, Wisconsin educators (formal or informal), counselors, administrators, mentors, or other influencers who support the computing-related passions of 9 through 12 grade students are eligible to receive recognition for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing. This year, 2 winners and 1 honorable mention were selected.

Winner:  Stacy Lesmeister, Cedarburg High School

Winner:  Amy Fetherston, Wauwatosa West High School

Honorable Mention:  Rick Kamps, Pulaski High School

Thanks to the generous support of NCWIT Educator Award Sponsor AT&T, each of the regional affiliate award winners and honorable mentions receive various prizes, an engraved trophy, recognition at an Affiliate Award event, increased visibility in his or her school district and community, and more.

Congratulate this year’s educators with the resources in the AiC Educator Award Publicity Toolkit.

The entire NCWIT AiC program platform is supported generously by Apple. AiC also receives support for specific national program elements. The AiC Educator Award is sponsored by AT&T. 

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