2020 Hour of Code
S3 TechU Robotics Challenge
Who: S3 TechU member schools may pick any grade level to participate (6th grade is suggested). Split the class into several teams. Please assign a robot and equipment to a team and wipe it down after each use. Students should have their own Chromebooks/iPads to minimize sharing devices. Please observe social distancing and other recommendations. We want this to be fun, but safe! Not an S3 TechU school, click here to find out more and register today!
What: Pick a popular winter/holiday story such as Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, etc. Make a map of the story and program your robot to move through the map, telling the story/adventure. Students can add in voice or light programming or make the robot move/dance wherever it is appropriate. Two or more teams could collaborate, each robot playing a different character in the story. During the practice stages, each team should have their own map. Once completed, they can come together and try to run their programs simultaneously on the same mat.
Be creative! Add obstacles, music, voice over, etc. The final submission must include one continuous video of your team/teams playing out the story. This can be embedded in a larger presentation or video with explanations of how you came up with the topic, how you developed the map and eventually programmed the solution. Please keep the entire final submission under 10 minutes in length.
Please obtain photo releases for the students to be on-camera and recorded if students are visible in the videos. S3 would like to post these videos on our website and via Social Media. Full student names will not be posted. Team and School names may be posted.
When: December 7- 11, 2020 is CSW/Hour of Code. Final Projects will be due December 11 (schools may begin working on the project immediately). We would love to host a Zoom call on December 11 or any day the following week (we can determine an exact date at TechU) with all participating schools and share the projects with each other. Depending on the number of entries, we will share all submissions or just 1 per school.
Where: At your schools, video submissions will be sent to S3 Technologies.
Why: To celebrate Computer Science/Hour of Code Week and to engage our students in coding using problem-based learning.
How: This contest is Robot agnostic. Use whatever robots and programming you have available to you at your school.
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TIM E-Tip Vol. 1
Looking for ways to increase student engagement? Have a lesson that needs a face-lift? The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) Model can help take your lessons to the next level! This month's E-Tip looks at ways the TIM model can help provide a framework for using technology in your classroom.
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TIM E-Tip Vol. 2
Looking for more information on how to utilize the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) Model in your classroom? The second volume of this month's E-Tip covers the five characteristics of a meaningful learning environment and the five levels of technology as defined by the TIM. These definitions are supported by examples and lesson ideas that you can use in your class!
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Computer Science eTip
Are you overwhelmed by the thought of teaching your students computer science? In the world they are living in, students must be prepared for jobs that don’t even exist yet! While some students might not ever become computer programmers or coders, the problem-solving skills that come along with learning about computer science and programming are applicable in any field. This month’s eTip is going to focus on ways to get your students excited about computer science, and some simple ideas you can use to get started in your class!
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Using Desk Shields to Protect Students
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Interested in Being Part of the S3 Team?
Do you like to push the boundaries when it comes to technology? Are you someone who looks for ways to solve everyday problems? If so, you may be a fit for S3 Technologies, a company that thrives on solving problems using technology.
We are always seeking hard working, self-motivated individuals who are interested in being part of a results-driven technology team. We have positions available currently including Junior Technicians, Technicians and a Technical Design Engineer.
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S3 Technologies Acquires Akron-Based New Territory, LLC
Enhances existing technology offerings with emerging tech to offer greater range of solutions to customers across Northeast Ohio
AKRON, OH; COLUMBUS, OH – June 8, 2020 – S3 Technologies (“S3”), Northeast Ohio’s foremost technology specialist, today announced the acquisition of New Territory, LLC (“NT”), a leader in immersive technology experiences.
S3 delivers complete technology solutions from concept through installation and support, with projects including security, audio-visual, and networking needs. The acquisition of NT adds emerging technology to this broad suite of capabilities, with a powerful mix of virtual and/or augmented reality solutions that can help clients optimize processes and workflow, enhance presentations, and deliver impactful content.
Born and bred in Northeast Ohio a decade ago, S3 has been proud to serve its community through client work for educational and government centers, local and national businesses, senior living facilities, and a variety of commercial and industrial applications. The acquisition of NT
(which currently resides in Akron’s Bounce Innovation Hub) is an extension of S3’s commitment to fostering innovation and technology prominence in the region.
S3 Technologies’ Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Chris Larker, and Co-Founder and President, Nancy Larker, commented, “We are delighted to bring the New Territory business into our family and provide even greater technology solutions for our customers. Since founding S3 ten years ago, our team has maintained an unwavering commitment to creating value for clients by solving individual business challenges. From schools to industries to senior living, we are value-driven problem solvers who thrive on uniting cutting-edge technology with real world application. The emerging tech expertise that New Territory brings is the natural extension of our client focus – and drive to be the premier provider of technology solutions to this region.”
New Territory’s Co-Founders Bill and Grace Myers added, “Being able to combine our passion for emerging technologies with a significant Ohio-based tech business like S3 is a dream come true. The power that virtual, augmented, and mixed reality applications can bring to an organization is limitless. We are thrilled both to combine these exciting fields with S3’s existing security, audio-visual, and network expertise – as well as to help clients take their technology experiences to the next level.”
About S3 Technologies
S3 Technologies is Northeast Ohio’s foremost technology specialist, creating value for our clients by solving individual business challenges. With a decade of expertise and a dedicated team, S3 delivers complete technology solutions from concept through installation and support. Our projects include security, audio-visual, networking, and emerging tech needs with an unrelenting focus on trust and consistency. We are proud to serve our community through client work for educational and government centers, local and national businesses, senior living facilities, and a variety of commercial and industrial applications. Please visit www.mys3tech.com for more information.
About New Territory, LLC
New Territory (“NT”) is a leader in immersive technology experiences, driving virtual, augmented, and mixed reality content creation, an esports organization, and a virtual reality innovation space. Please visit www.thisisnewterritory.com for more information.
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Intro To Augmented Reality In The Classroom Using Sketchfab
With so many options to use augmented reality (AR) with students, how do you narrow them down while making these lessons free and engaging for students?
S3 Technologies has partnered with New Territory, an augmented and virtual reality design company based in Akron, to bring eLearning experiences to life with immersive technology. The platform we’ll be using for this particular webinar is Sketchfab due to its ease-of-use and incredible features built into both its desktop and mobile platforms.
The webinar will take place on April 22, 2020, at 3pm. Be sure to pack your virtual bags! We’ll be taking a tour of the world using augmented reality experiences through the Sketchfab platform.