WTCC Launches Free Online Learning Sessions About Technology and COVID-19

On Monday, May 4, the Wyoming Technology Coronavirus Coalition (WTCC) launched a free, online educational initiative to highlight career paths in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The series will continue throughout the month of May.

Created in partnership with the Anderson Elementary School parent teacher organization (PTO) and Array, Inc., a Cheyenne-based coding school, the WYSTEM video series focuses on how STEM fields are currently fighting COVID-19 and working together in Wyoming. The programs share information that K-6 students and parents can easily understand and can view safely from home.

Each week in May, WYSTEM will highlight one of the four STEM subject areas. The series will culminate in a Wrap Party on Friday, May 29th, at 6pm, when participating Wyoming students will have the opportunity to win a 3D Printer for their school. All sessions are held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 6:30 PM on Array’s YouTube channel.

Recordings will be available afterwards for participants who were unable to attend the live event or wish to review the material.

While the content is geared for students in grades K-6, parents and teachers are welcome to join in and learn more about Wyoming’s STEM fields.

“For the last three years, Anderson Elementary has conducted a family STEAM Night,” said Katie Mitchell, a second-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary School. “The purpose of this was to engage students and their families in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Students and their families look forward to this event every year. With the closure due to COVID-19, we wanted to find a way to still offer this type of event for our students.”

“The idea of a virtual STEAM Night began with plans to hold a single live event, and eventually became so much more. We quickly realized that it would be easy to offer this event to more than just our Anderson families. Working with the WTCC and Array School has been amazing, and Anderson PTO is excited to be a part of this event and spread the learning to as many students as possible.”

A complete listing of sessions, which are available for free on YouTube, is posted on the WTCC website (https://wtcc.tech/wystem) Participants can learn about viruses, bacteria, digital mapping, 3D printing, coding, and more from prominent Wyomingites including Amy & Dan Surdam (Stitches Acute Care Centers), Teal Wyckoff (University of Wyoming), Tyler Kerr (University of Wyoming), and Lars Kothoff (University of Wyoming).