On this cold, dreary night a dozen people sat down in the warm RVC downtown computer lab to learn coding! The ages ranged from 6 - Mom and Dad age. Attendees learned loops and iterations and created multiple snowflakes with hundreds of loops and iterations.
December Hour of Code - Interactive Greeting Card
There a few spots still open for December’s Hour of Code. Attendees with be creating an interactive greeting card using Scratch programming.
Almost one hundred showed up for this years "Tech Expo 2017"! The speakers did an awesome job presenting the skills needed to work for their company. In addition, 13 local companies hosted tables. Each company shared with students the opportunities they have to offer, such as, internships and future job opportunities.
Students should follow up with any and all contacts you made. In addition, make sure and register for the courses at Rock Valley College that will help you obtain the needed skills.
Visit here for course lists.
New Mobile App Development Certificate
Professor Konkol and the CIS Division of Rock Valley College is proud to announce the recently approved Mobile Application Development Certificate! This certificate prepares the student for a career as a mobile application developer.
CIS170 Programming Logic & Design
CIS280 Programming iOS Apple Mobile Devices (Fall only)
CIS245 Programming Android for Mobile Devices (Spring only)
Questions? email Professor Konkol firstname.lastname@example.org
New Network Technician Certificate
Professor Stephanie Wascher and the CIS division is proud to announce the new Network Technician Certificate! This certificate prepares the student for a career as a network technician.
PCT 262 (Spring only)
PCT 270 (Fall only)
"This event took a team of individuals to make successful! I would like to thank the CIS Faculty, RVC Maintenance, RVC Video and Sound guys for all your hard work to help put this together. I would like also thank President Doug Jensen and our Dean Sharon Jacobsen for their support! Last, but not least, I would like to thanks the companies who took time out of their day to inspire and encourage our students." - Professor Chuck Konkol
Below are the companies that helped make this years Tech Expo a success!
Sue Maragi, RVC Bookstore | rvc.bncollege.com
Tracey Bell, Rockford Housing Authority | rockfordha.org
Sam Basile, TREKK Design | trekk.com
Phil Fonfara, Gener8tor | gener8tor.com
Meagan Schaeffer, WorkPlace | workplacesearch.com
Jeff Jinkins, Rockford Park District | rockfordparkdistrict.org
Bob Bisconti, Bisconti Computers | bisconticomputers.com
Andrea Nyberg, Ticomix | ticomix.com
John Belich, Belich Solutions | belichsolutions.com
Mike Broski, Entre' Computers | entrerock.com
Ryan Sutherland, Aerotek | aerotek.com
Russ Dulaney, Dulaney Drafting & Designs | dulaneydraftinganddesign.com
Joe Granneman, Illumination | illumination.io
Already Planning for Tech Expo 2018!
Mini Maker Faire 2017
Calling all tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science club members, authors, artists, students, entrepreneurs, crafter, and makers of any kind—join us this November for the 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire!
Rock Valley College Table
Professor Chuck Konkol and a group of RVC students will host a table from Noon-2pm both days. Professor Konkol and his students with showcase "Learning Code with Ozobots".
Save the Date
Place\Dates: Barnes & Noble at Cherryvalle Mall | November 11&12 from Noon-4pm
6th & 7th graders learned what binary code is and how computers function in a binary world.
Students converted their initials to binary code and then created a bracelet using white for 0’s and black for 1’s.
Thanks to RVC student for helping!
Thanks to RVC student, Andrew Garrican, for showing up today to help on his day off! The students loved working with Andrew and I think he has a good time as well.
Professor Chuck Konkol has been asked to host an Hour of Code session at Spectrum Progressive School in December 2017. All students will have Chromebooks to complete the workshop! Around 30 5th – 8th graders will attend the #RVCHourofCode workshop along with Spectrum teachers. Hey Spectrum, get ready to get your code on!
Learn Code with Minecraft
Attendees used the #1 game to learn how to code Alex and Steve to move around the Minecraft world. Students learn basic coding logic, if statements, do loops and iterations!
Register for November and December Hour of Code events here.
Thanks to those who attended the first "Hour of Code" for the Fall 2017 semester!
Attendees learned the basics of Apple SWIFT language used by millions of programmers.
RSVP for next months "Hour of Code" on Minecraft!
On Saturday, July 29th hundreds gathered at Rock Valley College PEC building to participate in the 2017 Rock River-Off Season Robotic Competition, hosted by R2OC. R2OC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit partnership of Rock River Valley US First Robotics Teams. Our goal is to provide an off-season event where FIRST Robotics teams can participate in a competition, show off their 'bots to the community, and meet others who share their robotics enthusiasm.
The CIS division hosted a table and was able to showcase "RVC Hour of Code", "Learn Coding with Robots", "DESTIR", and discuss the training Rock Valley College courses provides future programmers. Attendees raced Ozobots, remote controlled DESTIR the robot and played iPad games created by RVC CIS280 mobile app development students!
The CIS division wants to thank R2OC for inviting us to the event and we can't wait until next year!
Visit the R2OC website:http://r2oc.org/
On July 15th, 2017 over a dozen folks learned how to build a computer and control Minecraft with Python code. The computer shell has a built HD monitor and system board that allows components such as the Raspberry Pi, Speakers and a hat compatible card to snap onto a magnetic rail.
What Did Attendees Take Home? Attendees took home the computer they built, along with any software they created on it. In addition, a certificate of completion will be given to each attendee.
Attendees Will Learn to:
Software & Hardware Skills Development