Rockettech exists to prepare students for a future they cannot predict by providing opportunities to develop communication, collaboration, and real world ambiguous problem solving. Amidst an education system that prepares students to simply follow directions rather than create and innovate, Rockettech aims to inspire students, administrators, and policy makers to change the way they do things.
Students are taught a foundation of tech skills in multimedia and programming in a just-in-time format to prepare them for real world clients and projects in the community.Through a series of fast-paced simulations of professional scenarios, students are equipped with intangible skills that prepare them to interact with real clients. Initially, students are given the option of having Mr. Suter “stand-by” and sit-in on a face to face client meeting or phone call while the student does their best to direct the show. Subsequent meetings are entirely scheduled and executed by the student, with only distant observations by Mr. Suter.
Rockettech provides web and video production services for businesses and organizations in exchange for donations to the club. With the income, Rockettech is also able to support student-driven service projects, purchase equipment upgrades, take students to conferences, and otherwise reward student efforts.
Web design services have ranged from $250 - $3000 per project and include the setup of web hosting, content management system site design, and the training of the client to administer the website. Once the client is comfortable upkeeping the site, responsibility is then completely transferred to the client. Sites also include 3 months of “custom video tutorials” for the client to resolve any recurring difficulties for the client.
Video production has ranged from $250-$1200, and include storyboarding, onsite filming, and professional editing in Adobe Premiere and After Effects. Videos are delivered as files and include posting to YouTube for distribution over social media.
Rockettech was founded by Mr. Mark Suter and 5 burgeoning students in June of 2013. For 2 years, Rockettech activities took place during Mr. Suter’s conference period as “independent study” for students. In 2015, Rockettech became a for-credit class. All high school students are welcomed even if they can’t take the class, by attending bi-weekly meetings, attending functions, and participating in the ongoing “company Google Hangout Chat”. Students discover early in any of Mr. Suter’s classes that failure is encouraged and expected. Rockettech’s motto of “Fail Harder. Fail Faster, Fail Often” is referenced nearly daily by both students and Mr. Suter when either hesitate to take a risk, iterate quickly, or persevere through difficulty.
Mr. Suter can be reached at email@example.com