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The State of Rockettech - April 2015
Rockettech has been an entrepreneurial tech club for nearly two years now. By the last day of school, we will have grossed over $12,000, and we’ve already reinvested $8,000 back into the club for further growth. I’d like to summarize the last two years, and share my vision for the next two years.
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Last week, myself Mr. Suter and Tyler Boes traveled to Columbus for the annual Ohio Education Technology Conference.  On Feburary 12th, we had our own session and presented Rockettech to educators around the state. Immediately after our presentation we were approached by various amount of businesses throughout Ohio that wanted to partner with us or even simply ask for our advice. But before we got all professional-like, we stood in front of some 1,500 people to have a first-time-rap-battle on the OETC Keynote stage.

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4 Critical Elements to an Entrepreneurial School Club

 

In partnership with researchers at foundry10 in Seattle, we've been trying to identify certain elements that without them, the whole Rockettech program would fall apart. We've had the pleasure of hosting them for a visit in October, 2014.

 

We've refined the list to four elements critical to our success:

 

Trust

Employees take less risk and try to just protect their own jobs when they don't feel safe (see Simon Sinek's Ted Talk). My employees are students whom I encourage to take chances. They dive into projects fearless because they know I

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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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BGSU Trip

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.

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We are a high school tech club providing web design and video production in Pandora, OH.

We thrive on "donations" that are earned through professional quality work. Our entrepreneurial spirit drives our activities during class times, not tests.

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