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The New Rockettech Blog

On this blog, students and the director of Rockettech will share their experiences involving all things Rockettech. This includes:

  • Ongoing developments of how we function, our objectives, and our expectations
  • Summaries of club events (presentations, Community Tech Nights, guest speakers, etc)
  • Reflections on an individual level of what we've learned along the way

Here's an example of one such development for this school year. We started advertising 30-sec spots on NBC-Lima. Here's our commercial:

Through this blog we hope to gain better understanding of what it means to be in Rockettech, and if another school district wanted to to create a similar club, how they might go about doing that. Comments are welcome!

For those WRITING for this blog, be sure to check out:

- Mark Suter


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On October 22 students of both Mr. Suter and Mrs. Klass' classes attended a tour of BGSU to learn more about jobs in the technology field.  We talked to several different people about positions that the campus itself hired, and about courses they offered that could better prepare you for a job in that field.
First we toured the room that houses the entire school's network.  It had rows and rows of hard drives and other equipment, as well as three giant cooling systems.  They had organized the equipment into "hot" and "cold" aisles, so as to better control the temperature of the hardware and keep it from overheating.  We talked to one of the people in charge of managing all this equipment, and he told us that the network they use is constantly expanding and increasing in size in order to keep up with the digital age.  He also mentioned that for a job like his, the best kinds of skills to have are mostly logic and problem-solving based, and that English and documentation skills can also be very useful.


            While in that area we also explored the room that housed all of the campus' digital forensics equipment, which was behind a door locked by a hand-scanner.  The room also had a computer with several monitors that watched the internet and network usage on campus, and watched for what viruses and malware may be on any computers in the school's network.  On top of watching their network activity, the digital forensics department also worked with the police occasionally to investigate any suspicious electronic devices.  They had equipment that would allow them all of the files, messages, etc. that were on any computer, phone, or tablet, even if they'd been deleted.


            After we had finished that part of the tour, we went through the college and observed some of the technology-oriented degrees they had.  These included Visual Communications and Technology, Engineering Technology, and Construction Management.  The biggest thing that all three of these programs had in common was that they all had a lot of hands-on experience involved in their courses.  While we were touring the Visual Communications Technology area were lucky enough to talk to John, a VCT student.  He told us how important it was to stay on the edge of your comfort zone, and not be afraid to leave it, as well as that you don't have to be limited by your setting.  Also, while we were looking at the Construction Management area we mixed little cups of cement into concrete and learned a bit about the chemical reactions that cause the cement to harden.


            Overall it was a very interesting and informative visit, as it not only helped us understand the details of some tech-related jobs, but it also gave us some more in-depth information about some of the programs offered at BGSU, which could prove helpful to those who are considering it as an option for college.

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A few weeks ago, President Sarah Baumgartner Skyped with Lisa Castenada, the CEO of Foundry 10.  Being a female leader in Rockettech, she had a handful of questions regarding how to better the other members of the club and presented them to Lisa who, as a major leadership role in the Valve corporation, aided Sarah in answering them.
The two discussed the members of Rockettech traveling out to Seattle in the summer time and a major video project that Sarah Baumgartner and Paiten Dulany will be heading up while out there.  Although the over all message of the video will encourage girls to consider technology fields and is to be female directed.
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Near the beginning of the 2014 school year, Rockettech was presented was a major networking opportunity with Valve, an international gaming and software development company located in Seattle, Washington.  Their research department, Foundry 10, flew out their CEO and lead developer, Lisa Castaneda and Tom Swanson, to small-town Pandora-Gilboa High school.  Once they arrived at the school and got acquainted, Lisa and Tom met with Rockettech officers and members through out the day. Some personal meeting, other's group meetings, they asked about the components that Rockettech has in order to function as an entrepreneurial tech club. Lisa and Tom were also curious as to why these student joined Rockettech in the first place and what aspects were appealing and motivating to them. All of the information they gathered was used to determine if the system of Rockettech was transferable to other schools near them in the city and across the nation. Rockettech directer, Mark Suter, and some students have been in continuous contact since the visit.

Not only is this a great real-world networking experience for students, but also an opportunity for some students to escape the "small-town" vibe of Pandora-Gilboa. Lisa and some girls in Rockettech are collaborating on a video project yet to be titled. In order to complete the video, some students and Mr. Suter may fly our to Valve headquarters in the summer of 2015.
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Welcome to the presidents desk!  The names Sarah Baumgartner, actress wanna-be, hopeful writer and current president of the Rockettech club.  I'm going to be keeping a log of what we do in this  club of ours here because, frankly, we kind of do a lot and have a hard time keeping track of everything.  So...this blogging ride shall begin.
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We are a student tech club providing web design, video production, and tech training. We thrive on "donations" that are earned through professional quality work. We are based out of Pandora-Gilboa High School in Pandora, Ohio. Our entrepreneurial spirit drives our activities during class times, not tests.