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August 27, 2010

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August 27, 2010

The SuperQuest TechStart training was wonderful! I went into the training knowing nothing to very little about FLL, gamemaker, and the Lego robotics. I am an after school educator that needed new ideas and cirriculum. I came out of the training with a new and positive mind-set, as well as the tools to grow and succeed in the after school programs.

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the Wasco County 4-H after school and in school programs.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 27, 2010

TechStart is a nonprofit that promotes wider access to technology education for K-12 students in order to strengthen the skills they need to thrive in the global economy. Their annual game programming contest is a fun, rewarding experience that encourages young people to form self-motivated teams to create educational games. This growing contest simultaneously promotes creativity, technical expertise, teamwork and leadership in a 100% positive environment. The first time I volunteered for this contest, I saw learning-disabled or economically disadvantaged young people working productively side-by-side with gifted or economically advantaged people in a spirit of camaraderie, sharing triumphs and supporting each other through setbacks.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Promoting creativity, technical expertise, teamwork and leadership for K-12 students in a positive environment.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 27, 2010

I have been teaching for 3 years and just when I thought some of my initial interest and experience began to wain I was reinvigorated. Never before had I thought Robotics could serve our students in so many manners. When it comes to workplace skills, subject matter engagement, personal growth and exploration, interaction with difficult science content, and the overall hands-on technology education Techstart is supreme! I have grown as a teacher, as a person and as a learner of science. School has not even began and I have parent volunteers who are calling me! I have a list of 18 students who searched for me during registration because they are so excited about my new curriculum (and we have not even began school)! This was a huge benefit and I will be sure to come to every Techstart Superquest I can from now on! Thank you for the opportunity! --Stacey Johnson Science Teacher at Junction City High School

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I do not have to seek out students, they seek out me. I do not have to beg for parent support, they offer it. The students are engaged, excited and WANT to be here! Who could ask for more?

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 27, 2010

We hosted the SuperQuest workshop here at Oregon State University this year. So, I got to work with Natasha MacDonald, Stevie Viaene, Kathy Zettl-Schaffer, and Ron Tenison on the planning. What a great group of people! So dedicated! So passionate about education! It was a real pleasure working with them. Then -- once the workshop actually arrived -- what an experience! Tech Start really does an amazing job of bringing educators together in a tremendous "watering hole" environment, where they all exchange ideas and teach each other new material and best practices. I was very impressed. I can see that tech Start fills a very important gap in our education system. -- Dr. Mike Bailey Computer Science professor Oregon State University

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See above.

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August 27, 2010

The worthiness of the mission of TechStart Education Foundation (TEF) is clear to see. We need to raise the quality of technical education in Oregon and SW Washington to support economic growth and quality of life. Board Members and the many friends of the TEF have incredible passion to fulfill this mission. Their vision for programs and coordination of resources is bounded only by one thing, restriction of funds. Joining the TEF in passion to drive improvements is a collection of technology teachers who deliver training and mentoring to other teachers. This group drives the curriculum of SuperQuest, the teaching training "camp" that teaches robotics, programming and other technology curricula. TEF is the primary funding of this training and mentoring program. Don Domes, at Hillsboro High School, epitomizes the vision and selfless dedication to drive something much bigger than themselves. Several board members and other friends have done an outstanding job of creating vision and specific messaging to promote the story of TEF. Great work has also been done to connect the structure of their most important fundraiser, UncorkED, to their mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

1. Delivery of SuperQuest training events 2. Key sponsorship of ORTOPS robotic competition 3. Willamette Programming Contest 4. UncorkED Fundraising Event

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

1. Improve visibility of the TEF to networks of donors. 2. Improve grant awards by improved grant writing activities. 3. Improve funding by state legislature & state agencies in tech ed funding 4. Improve school district awareness of TEF and Superquest

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The passion of the board and friends to address the challenges of improving technical education

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Visionary, generous, hard working, creative, collaborative, skilled in business, bright, and motivated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1. Drive teacher training for hundreds of technical teaching 2. Equip classrooms with robotics kits 3. Fund the grant writing team to optimize a continual flow of funding 4. Fund lobbying to state legislature to provide funding for technical education

Ways to make it better...

We had focused more on developing a team with more members to increase the work capacity and members who had better networking with donors who had a passion for our mission.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

1. Quantity of board members & friends to accomplish the work. 2. Expertise in grant writing 3. Expertise in lobbying for state funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

This cause requires a champion with funding. The power of having world class technical education is pretty apparent, but other causes can draw off the funding. TEF is uniquely positioned to make this case and drive success.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2010

I had a fantastic experience with Techstart. Throughout the day I reviewed game competition entries from middle school teams and was amazed at the standard. I've been working in software for 16 years; the amount of thought, care and attention put towards the games developed by these kids was often on par with professional software development. The competition ran smoothly; the whole process was superbly organized. All the kids, and the volunteers and judges, approached the day with a very positive attitude. Everyone had fun. I would definitely do this again.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the standard of game development showed by the middle school teams involved in the competition.

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One time

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2010

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August 27, 2010

TechStart Education Foundation is a wonderful non-profit that helps promote technology education in Oregon K-12 schools through its programs, events, scholarships, grants, and donations. I donated my time to recruit, educate, and coordinate a group of over 40 volunteer judges for the annual Oregon Game Project challenge. The middle school and high school students that participated in this event were able to not only demonstrate their research and talent, but were also able to learn from 3-4 judge panels made up of industry experts who shared their professional experiences with the participating students. I was amazed by both the interest and participation at the middle school level as well as the diversity in terms of the student populations. In an environment where our leading technology educators are being laid off by schools (even winners of our Technology Educator of the Year award and grant winners for funds for their class rooms) these types of programs are critical for keeping our K-12 students interested in high tech pursuits.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen first hand how much the students have learned as a result of events like OGPC, the grants that have enabled teachers to purchase technical learning materials for their classrooms, as well as the scholarships that seniors have received.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do more? Seriously, there is so much work to do...now more than ever. With technology educators being laid off there is a real void to fill in terms of educating those teachers left behind in how to teach technical skills to students. Requires more $...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing how K-12 students have benefited by the results of TechStart and the efforts of TechStart volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very dedicated. These are high-tech professionals and educators that want to make a difference. Who want to provide a top notch education to our K-12 students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really make a huge impact in the state of Oregon. TechStart could deliver more SuperQuest training events for educators, donate more technical training materials and Lego Robotics Kits to schools, and provide more scholarships to seniors.

Ways to make it better...

I could make a bigger impact. Especially given the cuts being made in K-12 in terms of technology education--education that would have helped students pursue high paying jobs and thus help feed the future economy of Oregon.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. TechStart operates on donations and puts those right back in to K-12. The training, programs, donations, grants, and scholarships TechStart can make available is limited by donations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I do a lot of volunteer work to give back to the community. TechStart and Rebuilding Together Portland are my favorite groups that make a big impact in the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 27, 2010

TechStart (formerly the Software Association of Oregon) has to be one of the most effective, efficient non-profits in Oregon, despite its modest size. It focuses on awakening a passion for technology within Oregon students and does so largely through teacher professional development as well as student engagement programs. It fills a key, previously untended niche and leverages its industry affiliation as a supporting entity to the Software Association of Oregon. With a laser-focus on program delivery, heavy involvement of committed volunteers, and a can-do attitude, TechStart makes a substantive difference for Oregon students every day. It also represents a great blend of public and private partners, working together on behalf of Oregon students. It was a pleasure to serve this committed group.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended every one of its major programs during my time on the Board, spoke to numerous students and many teachers. All reported on the unique value and high quality of their experience with TechStart while also noting the importance of its work.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It needs to keep growing to scale so it may further influence the educational system in Oregon in positive ways.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Its effectiveness and focus on meeting unique needs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate and committed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Enrich the educational options, and personal development opportunities, for even more Oregon students.

Ways to make it better...

We had to spend less time on fundraising, but that is life in a start-up non-profit.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Sustainable, reliable revenue sources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2010

From all-girl robotics competition teams making global impact to ESL students who accelerate their language skills to young game programmers who found a place to fit in and put their talent on the line, TechStart is sparking the curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in young students that is the key to our future technology innovation. It's evident the minute you talk to any teacher or student involved - and there are so many more demanding it that can be reached.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed first hand the dedication of the teachers and the enthusiasm of the students who benefit from the programs thet TechStart provides by volunteering at several events and talking directly with constituents.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the engagement and satisfaction of the teachers and students who benefit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 27, 2010

TECHSMART HELPED ME WITH EDUCATION ON HOW TO BUILD ROBOTS, LEAD A GROUP OF 9 YR OLDS., AND HAVE FUN WHILE WERE ALL LEARNIG.

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I'M A SHEET METAL WORKER BY TRADE,BUT WITH THE HELP I RECIEVED FROM TECH SMART I CAN SEE THE DIFFERANCE IN THE CHILDREN IN JUST TWO WEEKS.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I WOULD HELP THEM EXPAND TO HELP MORE ADULTS SO THAT INTERN THE ADULTS COULD HELP MORE CHILDREN.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They really helped me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could produce 500,000 to 1,000,000 new scientists and engineers

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I'm sure they could use more funs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Kids learn by doing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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