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Join the Digital Age!

From Coding to Websites to 3D Printing: You Can Build it, Run it, Own it.

 

From entrepreneurs to enthusiastic novices to small business owners to teachers (and everywhere in between) - we all know of digital skills we wish we had. You need to know more about how to build a website, what programming language is best for you, what the heck is a 3D printer and so much more! But if we don't want to commit to an MBA - how do we get these skills?

CPD, in partnership with Silicon STEM Academy, has the answer for you - our Join the Digital Age Series! With three concentrations - we have something for everyone in our three-part series, including Learning to Code, Business Builder and Unleash Your Inner Geek. Receive 5 professional development hours for each workshop (or 15 for each series).

Register for each workshop here. 

Silicon STEM Academy

Learn To Code Series:

Coding isn't as scary as it seems. In this series, find out which programming language is right for you, get introduced to the basics of coding in a crash-course and even play around with robots using Arduino programming! 

Introduction to Arduino Programming 

If you've ever wanted to figure out how to turn on your coffee maker with your smartphone, or create a moisture sensor for your house plants – here's your opportunity! This workshop will first introduce you to the emerging world of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how micro-controllers are increasingly embedded in the world around us. Then, learn how Arduino will change the way you live, work and play in the 21st century as you explore concepts of Arduino as an open-source programming language and hardware platform, also examining how it is used in microprocessors. Extra Lab Fee = $100, includes Sparkfun Inventors Kit.

Great for: (Beginner) Teachers & Enthusiasts

When:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where:

Silicon STEM Academy
4201 E. Yale Avenue, Suite 130
Denver CO 80222

Time:

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

$149 for each workshop, plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
$349 if registering for all 3 workshops in a series - a savings of over $95! Plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
Attendees receive 5 professional development hours.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

Which programming language is right for you?  

Are you curious about the differences between programming languages, and why they have different applications? Have you ever wondered if programming is something you might want to pursue? This 5-hour workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to learn the basic principles of computer programming languages and their differences. Learn basic coding principles, such as syntax, if/else statements, and "for or while" loops. Then explore simple "Hello World" exercises in a variety of programming languages (Java, JavaScript and Python) and discover ways that you might build and run a program for your own use!

Great for: Teachers & Enthusiasts

When:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Where:

Silicon STEM Academy
4201 E. Yale Avenue, Suite 130
Denver CO 80222

Time:

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

$149 for each workshop, plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
$349 if registering for all 3 workshops in a series - a savings of over $95! Plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
Attendees receive 5 professional development hours.

Instructor: John Scarborough 

John is an innovator at heart, playing a pivotal role in the early introduction of several technologies that are the norm today: the Internet (yes, THAT Internet), IP Security, HDTV and VoIP technology. As VP of Marketing for MCI Communications and SVP of Marketing and Product Development for Qwest, Echostar and MegaPath, he has been recognized in everything from the Wall Street Journal to the Denver Post. He even earned an 'Addy' award. John later founded LineSider Communications and IP5280 Communications which were successfully sold to Cisco Systems and MegaPath Communications in 2010 and 2014 respectively. John is an entrepreneur and loves to find the perfect intersection between people and technology. Silicon STEM Academy was created by John and his wife Kelly. Their vision and passion are to make learning technology more accessible and available to students, teachers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who want to learn all things tech!

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

Coding 101 Crash-Course 

This 5-hour computer programming "crash-course" teaches some basic principles of computer programming. You'll learn coding essentials, such as syntax, code commenting, control structures and more using Stanford University's educational programming language, Karel. This workshop is a foundational stepping stone toward mastering more mainstream languages, such as Java, JavaScript and Python. If you've ever considered a career change to coding or just want to learn more about the world of programming – this workshop is your first step!

Great for: Teachers & Enthusiasts

When:

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Where:

Silicon STEM Academy
4201 E. Yale Avenue, Suite 130
Denver CO 80222

Time:

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

$149 for each workshop, plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
$349 if registering for all 3 workshops in a series - a savings of over $95! Plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
Attendees receive 5 professional development hours.

Instructor: John Scarborough 

John is an innovator at heart, playing a pivotal role in the early introduction of several technologies that are the norm today: the Internet (yes, THAT Internet), IP Security, HDTV and VoIP technology. As VP of Marketing for MCI Communications and SVP of Marketing and Product Development for Qwest, Echostar and MegaPath, he has been recognized in everything from the Wall Street Journal to the Denver Post. He even earned an 'Addy' award. John later founded LineSider Communications and IP5280 Communications which were successfully sold to Cisco Systems and MegaPath Communications in 2010 and 2014 respectively. John is an entrepreneur and loves to find the perfect intersection between people and technology. Silicon STEM Academy was created by John and his wife Kelly. Their vision and passion are to make learning technology more accessible and available to students, teachers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who want to learn all things tech!

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

Business Builder Series: 

In this series - learn skills to create collateral for your business right now. What type of website is best for your needs? What digital marketing skills will bring you into the 21st century? You'll also learn to create your own digital story through basics of Photoshop!

Photoshop for Entrepreneurs and Enthusiastic Novices 

Adobe Photoshop proficiency is essential for 21st century photographers— professionals and amateurs alike. And if you're using photography in your business marketing efforts (even if you're taking photos on a cell phone and loading them onto a website), you'll want to understand Photoshop, too. In this workshop, learn Photoshop basics including ways to crop, retouch and color correct your photos. Learn to resize your images or change their resolution for web or print use. The workshop will also introduce you to advanced techniques, like masking, merging images and working in layers. Impress your friends, colleagues and clients with photos that stand out from the rest.

Great for: Enthusiasts & Entrepreneurs

When:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where:

Silicon STEM Academy
4201 E. Yale Avenue, Suite 130
Denver CO 80222

Time:

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

$149 for each workshop, plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
$349 if registering for all 3 workshops in a series - a savings of over $95! Plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
Attendees receive 5 professional development hours.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

What Type of Website is Best For Your Business 

This workshop is for enthusiast and entrepreneurs who are looking to build, run and own their own website. You will learn the best practices in building and publishing an effective website, starting with basics: How can I secure my own URL? Where should I host my website? Then explore whether using an off-the-shelf web tool is right for you, or whether building your site from scratch may be better suited for your long-term needs.

Great for: Enthusiasts & Entrepreneurs

When:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Where:

Silicon STEM Academy
4201 E. Yale Avenue, Suite 130
Denver CO 80222

Time:

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

$149 for each workshop, plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
$349 if registering for all 3 workshops in a series - a savings of over $95! Plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
Attendees receive 5 professional development hours.

Instructor: Jon Rottier

After serving as marketing director for a startup software firm (subsequently acquired by ORACLE), Jon founded New-Ride Design in 2001 to offer small businesses coaching, online marketing and business development consulting. His experience includes business website development, building strategic and/or tactical marketing campaigns, and improving internal business processes. He also has a special knack for breaking down the fundamental complexities of "how the web works," SEO and Google into easy-to-understand steps for the layman.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

Digital Marketing in the 21st Century

Join us for this 5-hour Saturday workshop and discover how you can take your marketing to the next level in the digital age. Learn about web presence, social media, Google AdWords and e-Newsletters, and how to utilize them for your business or personal use. Discuss strategic and tactical methods of digital marketing and learn tips & tricks from trade specialists. Also, learn how to interpret Google Analytics so that you can better target and achieve your goals. Come away with better ability to plan, build and launch an effective marketing campaign in the digital era.

Great for: Enthusiasts & Entrepreneurs

When:

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Where:

Silicon STEM Academy
4201 E. Yale Avenue, Suite 130
Denver CO 80222

Time:

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

$149 for each workshop, plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
$349 if registering for all 3 workshops in a series - a savings of over $95! Plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
Attendees receive 5 professional development hours.

Instructor: Jon Rottier

After serving as marketing director for a startup software firm (subsequently acquired by ORACLE), Jon founded New-Ride Design in 2001 to offer small businesses coaching, online marketing and business development consulting. His experience includes business website development, building strategic and/or tactical marketing campaigns, and improving internal business processes. He also has a special knack for breaking down the fundamental complexities of "how the web works," SEO and Google into easy-to-understand steps for the layman.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

Unleash Your Inner Geek Series:

Subject matter every true tech geek can get excited about! Experience robotics via LEGO, learn practical aspects of 3D printing and even build your own computer!

Build Your Own Computer Using Raspberry Pi

STEM and industry professionals will teach students how to design and build a working computer and browser using Raspberry Pi, that could serve as both a home-use device for enthusiasts, and/or a professional development experience for teachers who would like to do this demonstration in their own STEM classroom. Extra Lab Fee = $200 includes Raspberry Pi, Keyboard, Monitor, SD Card, Mouse. Student may supply their own materials.

Great for: (Intermediate) Teachers & Enthusiasts

When:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where:

Silicon STEM Academy
4201 E. Yale Avenue, Suite 130
Denver CO 80222

Time:

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

$149 for each workshop, plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
$349 if registering for all 3 workshops in a series - a savings of over $95! Plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
Attendees receive 5 professional development hours.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

Building and Programming LEGO with the EV3 Module  

Take your LEGO bot skills to the next level – whether you're a hobbyist or classroom teacher! In this workshop, certified STEM educators will train people who have experience with LEGO Mindstorms to transition from the "Brick" to the EV3. Start with already-built LEGO RangerBots, and discover how to connect the EV3 Module, with applications for both Mindstorms & LabVIEW software. Classroom teachers will also learn step-by-step instructions on how to take what they learn in our lab into their curriculum.

Great for: (Intermediate) Teachers

When:

Saturday, April, 2017

Where:

Silicon STEM Academy
4201 E. Yale Avenue, Suite 130
Denver CO 80222

Time:

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

$149 for each workshop, plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
$349 if registering for all 3 workshops in a series - a savings of over $95! Plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
Attendees receive 5 professional development hours.

Instructor: Kyle Yamashita

Kyle is a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate from Colorado State University. Since graduation, he has spent the last two years working in educational nonprofits in Denver. He loves to study the interactions between physical processes and the real-world responses in areas ranging from sports and music to electronics and machines. "Since I was young, I have enjoyed tinkering and building projects that improve everyday life. I enjoy explaining the fundamentals of physics and how they relate to the electromechanical devices ubiquitous in today's culture. I am most passionate about the relationship between mathematics and music, and I seek to share this passion with others."

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

Practical Applications in 3D Printing 

By now, you've seen the wonder of 3D printing: if you can dream it, you can print it! But how might a 3D-printed object contribute unique functionality and creativity to robotics? Now's your chance to learn! STEM and industry professionals will provide an introduction to 3D modeling of mechanical components that can be used in robotics and other daily-use applications. During the workshop, you will design a simple structure and printed it. Extra Lab Fee = $25.

Great for: (Intermediate) Teachers & Enthusiasts ages 10-100

This 2-Saturday Workshop is awesome! By now, you've seen the wonder of 3D printing: If you can dream it, you can print it! But how might a 3D-printed object contribute unique functionality and creativity to your own life? To things around the house? To things you work, play and interact with on a daily basis? Or, which 3D printer is right for your application? Which 3D CAD program is easiest to use and fastest to learn? Which CAD program will do what you want it to do?

What Can You Create?

Now's your chance to learn! Two of Silicon STEM's experts in the fields of Engineering & Design will provide an introduction to 3D modeling of mechanical components that can be used in daily-use applications. During the 2-Saturday- morning Workshop, students will design and print one of the current "must have" toys of today – a "fidget spinner" – and learn the intricacies of the incredible world of 3D printing!

When:

Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
and 
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Where:

Silicon STEM Academy
4201 E. Yale Avenue, Suite 130
Denver CO 80222

Cost:

$149 for each workshop, plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
$349 if registering for all 3 workshops in a series - a savings of over $95! Plus extra lab fees for certain workshops
Attendees receive 5 professional development hours.

Instructor: Steven Kibler

Steven is a computer engineer with 10 years' experience in robotics and unmanned aircraft. He has built robots that solve mazes, aid in search-and-rescue missions, explore Mars (but never did), and has designed unmanned aircraft. After earning his M.S. in computer engineering at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, be started two companies: one to build unmanned aircraft to study the world around us and another that specialized in flying the aircraft to gather that data.  Steven recently sold his businesses and returned to Colorado to be near family. Steven also designs RFID door locks, motion-activated security sensors and LED hydroponic lights, and he enjoys creating art with LEDs, sensors, motors and internet technologies. Steven has experience in most aspects of product development, circuit design, PCB design, fabrication, and assembly to programming and 3D printing. An educator at heart, he has conducted STEM classes and camps for youngsters, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge with a new generation of technologists.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

 

Register for the workshops here

 

Silicon STEM Academy  

This program is approved for 5.0 hours of professional development. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161