TECHSTART EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.92 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Technology

Location: 111 Sw 5th Ave, Suite 120 Portland OR 97204 USA

Mission: TechStart is a 501(c)3nonprofit that promotes wider access to technology education for K-12students in order to strengthen the skills they need to thrive in theglobal economy.
Geographic areas served: Oregon
Programs:

Our flagship program, SuperQuest, is an innovative, affordableprofessional development series for technology teachers and teachersinterested in integrating technology into their curriculum.  We offer adiversity of courses at various skill levels in three broad categories:

  • computer science
  • information technology and
  • pre-engineering
Through this program, we reach thousands of students by educating and inspiring their teachers.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I started out with a passion for teaching computer science because of the opportunity to really really get kids to THINK! However I had not much background in this field or how to teach it. There is no other venue that offers such quality teacher training in the technology, and more importantly, the pedagogy and classroom management of teaching technology in K-12. Now that I am retired, I have a great opportunity to continue and expand on TechStart's influence here in Oregon.

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

... getting the support I needed to generate quality classroom experiences for my students. Also in professional networking. Technology teachers often operate as the only one in a building, so who do you go to to talk about the "glitches" that occur?

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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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

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

See above.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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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.

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.

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 $...

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?

2010-5-01

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

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

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.

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.

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...

Great

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?

2010-7-01

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I volunteered at the Oregon Game Project Challenge this year and could not have been more impressed with the obvious enthusiasm and meticulous planning by TechStart in hosting that event. As a result, the students clearly enjoyed that opportunity to share and learn from the competition. I was amazed at the students' work, and grateful to be a part of the TechStart work.

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

being able to witness the output of the students during the OGPC event - simply amazing!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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