The University of Idaho Dign’IT program has the bold goal of changing the culture in northern Idaho to one that embraces high tech, high growth businesses. Highly interactive training efforts are designed to raise awareness of the importance of information technology for vibrant communities. A key goal is to focus on programming to promote a comfort level with diverse technologies.
The program takes a responsive approach to build a multi-tiered software development ecosystem. Well-marked on- and off-ramps will accommodate students regardless of age or education level (on-ramps) and support employment and entrepreneurial opportunities (off-ramps). The program connects with regional IT companies and new start-ups to harvest corporate input that will enable a focus on practical development of skills required for industry success. This will ensure that programs are relevant and producing high value experience for participants.
The Dign’IT Coding Camp for Girls
, is designed to encourage girls to develop coding skills and to consider careers in this field. The camp is free to participants and focuses on middle school girls to increase and reinforce interest in this key STEM discipline among females.
The Dign’IT JAVA Camp for Teens
is an introduction to the Java programming language focusing on robotics projects using the Lego Mindstorms platform. Students learn to use the Eclipse programming environment and the LeJOS robotics libraries to develop robotic applications and games. Participants work in teams to develop projects for autonomous robots such as autonomous search and mapping.
The Dig’nIT Internship program
is an academic summer technology enrichment program that creates paths to college for area students, while promoting careers and education associated with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). The program is for rising high school juniors and seniors and college freshman. Interns are placed at sites in and around Coeur d’Alene for 20 hours per week. The goal of the internship program is to provide students with meaningful experiences that will expose them to interesting IT careers that require a bachelor’s degree and that will motivate them to continue on the academic path needed to enroll and succeed at a four-year college or university. If you have a student interested in a Summer 2015 internship, contact Staci Hinsz at firstname.lastname@example.org
help students be inspired by energetic expert instructors and build critical 21st century STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) skills. Each STEAM Lab session is focused on a specific topic targeting a particular age group. These daylong workshops are for various age groups and ability levels.
GIZMO-cda and UICDA partner to offer summer camps: this summer University of Idaho-Coeur d'Alene will be partnering with Gizmo-cda to provide a summer full of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math experiences for kids of ALL ages! Gizmo-cda, Coeur d'Alene's Makerspace, is a place where art, design, technology and tools are connected by the hands and minds of the people of this community. This partnership will bring exciting hands-on classes offered right in the new Gizmo-cda makerspace in midtown Coeur d’Alene on 4th street. Week long classes include printmaking, 3D Modeling and Animation, Build a 3D Printer, Welding, and Stop Motion Movie Making just to name a few. Visit www.gizmo-cda.org for a list of all of the class offerings and details.
Dign’IT added a Teacher Computer Science/Mathematics Integration training
in the summer of 2014 that enabled 20 regional teachers to learn graphical programming languages and strategies to incorporate programming into the teaching of multiple subjects. This teacher training included continuing education credit, and the course was designed and delivered by Dr. Robert Heckendorn, also on the U of I Computer Science faculty.