In early 2019, elementary students at our partner school, Big Spring School District, had the opportunity to attend a club to learn engineering design using TinkerCad and to have exposure to 3D printing. The club met two days a week after school for a period of eight weeks. The idea came about as a spin-off from activities explored during the school’s weekly Genius Hour. When the Principal at Oak Flat Elementary asked for Questeq’s help to facilitate the club we were eager to get involved. The club leadership consisted of Mike Fronk, Questeq Infrastructure Engineer, Becky Coulson, Teacher, Mary Hunt, Elementary Education Technologist, and Rob Krepps, Questeq Technology Director.
Oak Flat Elementary Students
During the first week of the club we helped each student create a TinkerCad account and introduced the program’s basic operation and tools.
We learned early on that most of the students wanted to jump ahead with their many ideas for projects. We challenged them to keep the printing process in mind during the design sessions, as well as cutting complex designs into printable objects so they would lay flat on the TinkerCad Workplane. In addition, they needed to convert millimeters to inches to figure out the size of the object. The students played an online quiz game to test their knowledge and skills about TinkerCad and to reinforce everything they learned during earlier club meetings.
One of the projects involved designing balloon powered cars. The students in each team designed a set of wheels and a car body. The winning designs were printed and used to construct the car, with a team designed engine. The students were able to decide where they wanted to attach the engine and how small or large to make the exhaust hole. In between club sessions, we printed the components and during club time the students assembled the cars, tested, and made changes to the design. The grand finale for the car design project was a competition to see which car traveled the farthest.
Balloon Powered Cars
Overall the club was a big success. The students were engaged, had fun, and, most importantly, had the opportunity to learn something new and possibly develop a passion for engineering.
– Robert Krepps, Questeq Technology Director @ Big Spring School District
In September, we shared a cycling event that Steve Leslie, Questeq Technology Specialist at Aliquippa School District, was participating in to benefit the TinyHands Foundation. In June, Steve will be hitting the road again with his bike to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. As always, Questeq values the community outreach efforts of our employees and we are happy to spread the word to our partners and friends.
On June 8th and 9th, 2019, cyclists will be traveling between sixty and one hundred miles each day, beginning in Moraine State Park, Portersville, PA and ending in Conneaut Township Park, Conneaut, OH. The money that is raised will be used to find the cause, treatment and ultimately the cure for multiple sclerosis. The money is also used to provide education, information, direct financial support and scholarships to individuals and families living with MS.
We asked Steve how he got involved with these charities and why they are important to him, and here is what he had to say, “I started doing charity rides around 1998 when I did my first MS 150 ride, which benefits Multiple Sclerosis research. This summer will be my 10th time riding the MS 150 ride, which I have done each year since my brother-in-law was diagnosed.”
If you are interested in learning more or donating to the ride, please visit the donation page by clicking the link below.
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For our company Christmas card this year, we wanted to showcase the talented students and teachers that make-up our partner schools. Questeq selected the West Allegheny High School as our first showcase art department. We worked with Dr. Jerri Lippert and Questeq’s Technology Director, Doug Costa, to implement the contest.
Several talented students submitted their artwork for the contest. Questeq’s corporate team was tasked with choosing the winning design to be featured for 2018. High school senior, Anne Marie Lusardi, was ultimately selected as the winner for her “Merry Sniffmas” design. For their participation, both Anne Marie and the art department received special recognition and a thank you gift from Questeq.
Congratulations to Anne Marie for winning our 1st annual design contest! We wish you much success as you continue to develop your talents!
We have already selected the partner school that will be participating with us in 2019 and look forward to seeing their creative designs.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from our Questeq family to yours!
This past summer our long-time partner school, Cornell School District, worked in collaboration with Infrastructure Services (NOC) on an exciting project. Chris Simpson, Infrastructure Engineer and Cody Thull, Technology Coordinator were tasked with seamlessly integrating the password reset and sync process for students, teachers and staff at Cornell. The school district was using Google Cloud for email and some applications. In addition, they also utilized Microsoft licensing for Office desktop applications. The problem was, that if a user changed their password on a school device, the change did not sync with Google. This project was the 1st of its kind for Infrastructure Services, so how did they make Google and Microsoft Azure work together?
In addition to the Microsoft Office Tools and Google Cloud, Office 365 and a password reset portal was implemented for users at Cornell. When a password is changed through the portal, it syncs down to Cornell’s on-premise server, changing their school login. From there, the password syncs with their on-premise Google server and then up to Google Cloud. This makes the password reset process simple, transparent and secure for all users. The addition of 2-factor authentication, for both Microsoft and Google, further enhances the system security.
With Office 365, students, teachers and staff have 5 Microsoft Office licenses that they can install at home or wherever their learning/working takes place. The ease of password syncing and anytime, anywhere access to educational tools, removes barriers to learning and productivity for teachers, staff and students.
“The addition of Office 365 gives students the opportunity to utilize these tools from any device they can get their hands on. Up until this point, passwords have been a nightmare. Our users already have to remember several passwords for the different systems we utilize, each with their own password complexity. Integrating Office 365, on-premise AD and Google was a core first step in simplifying passwords for our users. Of course, there will be more integration moving forward.” – Cody Thull, Technology Coordinator @ Cornell
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At Questeq, we believe in supporting our community, which includes our wonderful team members and partner schools. When Steve Leslie, one of our Technology Specialists at Aliquippa School District shared this opportunity to give back, we were excited to share with our customers, friends and family.
In November, Steve will be joining other cyclists for the 2018 72 Hours to Key West – 280 Mile Charity Bike Ride, which benefits the TinyHands Foundation. The foundation helps families in need during the holiday season by providing meals and gifts. This year the riders have also partnered with Starting Right, Now, to help end homelessness for youth through one-on-one mentoring and education.
The 72 Hours to Key West is a limited entry ride with around 70 riders each year. The ride itself is a 3-day event from Fort Meyers Florida to Key West. Day 1 is 120 miles, Day 2 is 105 miles and the final day is 55 miles.
Steve Leslie, 2nd from right at this year’s MS 150 ride.
If you are interested in learning more or donating to the ride, please visit the organization websites and donation page. Donations should be received by October 30, 2018.
TinyHands Foundation: http://www.tinyhandsfoundation.org
Starting Right, Now: http://startingrightnow.org
We asked Steve how he got involved with these charities and why they are important to him. Here is what he had to say, “I started doing charity rides about 1998 when I did my first MS 150 ride which benefits Multiple Sclerosis research. I have also done the Tour de Cure ride for Diabetes several times. This coming summer will be my 10-time riding the MS 150 ride, which I have done each year since my brother-in-law was diagnosed. I am always looking for new and interesting rides, and this sounded like a great challenge for a great cause. We are really looking forward to having the chance to join the other riders in helping the families and children supported by this event.”