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The Wyoming Technology Coronavirus Coalition is excited to have partnered with Anderson Elementary School’s PTO Board here in Cheyenne to present a very special month promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Wyoming in a series of YouTube Live events. Geared for all ages, but specifically, K-6 and their parents, anyone from anywhere can join in and see how these vital subject areas are being used to fight COVID-19! #wystem
Launching May 4, 2020 at 6pm
It will all kick off with a special Launch Event on Monday, May 4th from, 6 pm – 6:30 pm. During our launch event, you will have the opportunity to meet our 4 STEM Leaders and get a glimpse into what they will be sharing with you over the month. You’ll meet professionals like Amy & Dr. Dan Surdam, Teal Wyckoff, Tyler Kerr, and Lars Kotthoff, who will walk you through topics like viruses and bacteria, mapping the geography of disease, digital sculpting for 3D printers, and using math to 3D print some really cool stuff.
Four weeks of STEM fun!
Each week, for four weeks beginning on Monday, May 4th, we will focus on one of the STEM areas and will have two dedicated events on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 6:30 pm. WYSTEM will wrap up with a special party on Friday, May 29th from 6 pm to 6:30pm where we will 3D print a design a Wyoming student has made and submitted to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Win a 3D printer for your school!*
As a special participation prize for Wyoming students, you will have the opportunity to win a brand-new 3D Printer for your school! How does it work? Each week, somewhere in one of the events, we will drop a “secret word” for you to remember. After all 4 secret words have been revealed, you will be able to submit them to us before our Wrap Party, and we will randomly draw a name!
Link to submission form
*Only Wyoming students are eligible to win the 3D printer for their school.
Join us on YouTube Live!
It is going to be a great month highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in Wyoming and the people in those fields who want to share what they do with you — and the world. See you on YouTube Live!
Videos will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel! Use the links to join live or watch later!
WYSTEM Launch Party
Monday, May 4th from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
*Click the link to watch the recorded video!
It’s available anytime on our YouTube channel!
Let’s kick this month off right! In our launch party, you will have the opportunity to meet our 4 STEM Leaders and get a glimpse into what they will be sharing with you over the month. You’ll meet professionals like Amy & Dr. Dan Surdam, Teal Wyckoff, Tyler Kerr, and Lars Kotthoff, who will walk you through topics like viruses and bacteria, mapping the geography of disease, digital sculpting for 3D printers, and using math to 3D print some really cool stuff.
SCIENCE WEEK — STARRING AMY & DR. DAN SURDAM
Part 1: Tuesday, May 5th from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
Part 2: Thursday, May 7th from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
Meet Amy and Dr. Dan Surdam who own Stitches Acute Care Centers and are healthcare professionals. They will be discussing the differences between viruses and bacteria, how wearing masks and washing hands can help prevent the spread, and how they test for COVID-19 infections, both active and previous.
Amy Surdam, FNP, COO
Amy has proudly lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming since age 11. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1996 with a BSN, and in 2004 with a MSN. She serves in the Wyoming Army National Guard as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Amy’s talent and passion lies in strategic planning, public relations, public speaking, leadership, connecting people together, and making a difference. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, and creating a better tomorrow.
Dan Surdam, MD, CEO
Dr. Surdam was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming. He graduated from Colorado College in 1997 and Creighton Medical School in 2002. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. He served at the Medical Director of the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Emergency Department and the Operations Manager of Cheyenne Regional Urgent Care for many years and was previous owner of Frontier Emergency Physicians. Dr. Surdam has owned a billing company and several urgent care centers in Wyoming and Texas. He is a true entrepreneur with a desire to help Wyoming and its people gain better access to quality, affordable healthcare. Dr. Surdam enjoys golf, fishing, travel, and spending time with his family, especially his beautiful wife.
TECHNOLOGY WEEK — STARRING TEAL WYCKOFF
Part 1: Tuesday May 12th from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
Part 2: Thursday May 14th from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
Meet Teal Wyckoff, a Research Scientist at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, who will be talking about mapping the geography of disease. You will be exploring across space and time how diseases spread across communities, regions and the world. Using online interactive mapping tools, you will explore questions over this two part series that include: Where do people live? Where do people travel? How connected are we? Why do the geographies of disease differ across space? What are the underlying factors? You will find out how technology combined with maps can be used to see and understand the world around us.
Research Scientist and Technical Coordinator at the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
Teal Wyckoff is a Research Scientist and Technical Coordinator at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WYGISC) at the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie, Wyoming.
Teal focuses on the coordination and development of online tools to support the use of geospatial information by both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and non-GIS users in decision-making processes for state and federal agencies, county and local governments, and non-governmental organizations. Teal’s career has focused on integrating geospatial concepts with topics in wildlife management, natural resources, public health, rural broadband access, environmental management, resource planning, citizen science and crowd-sourced information gathering.
Teal is passionate about integrating data and information into decision-making processes to support resource management. When we start from an information-rich place, we can make informed decisions that influence the state, region, and beyond.
Teal has an A.A. in General Studies, a dual major B.S. in Physical Geography and Environment and Natural Resources, an M.S. in Zoology, and maintains a GISP from the GIS Certification Institute.
ENGINEERING WEEK — STARRING TYLER KERR
Part 1: Tuesday May 19th from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
Part 2: Thursday May 21st from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
Meet Tyler Kerr, the Makerspace Coordinator at The University of Wyoming, who will be demonstrating digital sculpting, 3D printing, and learning how to make anything! On Tuesday, watch and follow along with Tyler as he teaches you how to begin 3D modeling from scratch using popular software you can download for free at home. No experience required! On Thursday, you will get up close and personal with their favorite 3D printers to show you how they work, and how they are 3D printing over 8,000 face masks and face shields for hospitals and clinics around Wyoming.
Free 3D sculpting software
Sculptris is a free 3D sculpting software that we like to recommend for anyone who wants to learn the basics of 3D modeling. If you’re new to the world of digital sculpting, Sculptris is the perfect place to get started! It works on almost every computer, and you can even 3D print what you’ve designed! Visit http://pixologic.com/sculptris/ to download Sculptris for free.
3D Printing time lapse of a student design
This doll design was submitted by a student and printed by WTCC volunteers!
See the full quality video here.
Makerspace Coordinator at the Engineering Student Innovation Center, UW; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
Tyler Kerr serves as director of the Engineering Student Innovation Center at the University of Wyoming, the largest makerspace at the University of Wyoming and one of the best equipped makerspaces in the Mountain West.
Prior to his current role, Kerr was hired to design and set up one of the first makerspaces at the University, the Coe Student Innovation Center. Contrary to most technologists, Kerr received a B.A. in Geology from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 2011, and an M.S. in Geology (Paleontology) from the University of Wyoming in 2017. It was from this background in paleontology, alongside a fascination with emergent technology that led him to pursue a career in STEM education which blended the two worlds together. Today, Kerr continues to be passionate about STEM education and emergent technology, as well as developing creative, gamified, out-of-the-box nerdy ways to engage communities and teach complex topics in meaningful ways.
MATHEMATICS WEEK — STARRING LARS KOTTHOFF
Part 1: Tuesday May 26th from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
Part 2: Thursday May 28th from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
Meet Lars Kotthoff, a Computer Science Professor at The University of Wyoming, who will give you a look at some of the math behind 3D modeling and printing. How can you describe something so that a printer can understand what to do? How can you make really really large things without writing a really really large description? And most importantly, how can you use math to 3D print some very cool stuff?
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UW; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
My research combines artificial intelligence and machine learning to build robust systems with state-of-the-art performance. I develop techniques to induce models of how algorithms for solving computationally difficult problems behave in practice. Such models allow to select the best algorithm and choose the best parameter configuration for solving a given problem.
I lead the Meta-Algorithmics, Learning and Large-scale Empirical Testing (MALLET) lab and direct the Artificially Intelligent Manufacturing center (AIM) at the University of Wyoming.
More broadly, I am interested in innovative ways of modelling and solving challenging problems and applying such approaches to the real world. Part of this is making cutting edge research available to and usable by non-experts. Machine learning often plays a crucial role in this, and I am also working on making machine learning more accessible and easier to use.
WYSTEM WRAP PARTY
Friday, May 29th from 6 pm to 6:30 pm
In our WYSTEM wrap party, we will wrap up our very special month of learning and meeting new people, where we will 3D print in real time a design a student made, and based on your participation, you will also have the opportunity to win a brand-new 3D Printer for your school here in Wyoming! It will be a fun way to end our month exploring the STEM areas in Wyoming and beyond.