Even with the proliferation of technology in our society, high school students often lack a full understanding of Information Technology careers. The exploding world of technology requires resources with a wide range of skills, from management to analysis to problem solving to curiosity. OIT’s goal is to educate students to the possibilities of Information Technology as an exciting and very viable career path. In addition to talking about the technology aspects, we also stress the importance of teamwork, collaboration, creative problem solving and endless learning opportunities. This event is fun and interactive.
To gain participation, invitations are sent to schools in the local area or those school leaders with an interest to attend. We collaborate with Stakeholders at all level: educators, students, parents, technology professionals, colleges, and vendors. We keep the group fairly small (35-45 students) and involve them in activities that allow them to meet members of our agency, learn about some of the technology that the different agencies use throughout the State and give them a chance to experience some of those technologies directly through hands-on activities.
If you would like your students to take part in Tech Night, we will hold spots for them. We expect a wide variety of students to participate, from those who are already interested in technology, math and science to those who may not yet be aware of IT as a career. Please use the criteria below when considering students to select:
The event begins at 3:30 with a welcome note followed by a Technology Fair that displays a variety of technologies that the State utilizes. The Tech Fair is staffed by OIT employees who will demonstrate technology and talk with students about IT careers as they browse the exhibits. We have a display of vintage equipment, a GIS demo as well as other items planned.
3:30 - 4:30: Technology Fair
4:30- 4:40: WELCOME!
4:40 - 5:00: Student Challenge
5:00 - 5:05: Challenge Results
5:05- 5:30: Pizza Dinner
5:30 - 7:00: Activity Breakout Sessions
7:00 - 7:30: Trivia Questions and Closing Remarks
Here are just a few of technologies that will be showcased during Tech Night! We'll add more as information becomes avaiable.
Networking - a showcase of hardware and software utilized in networking applications and solutions. This will include pictures of our new data center.
GIS/Transportation - a showcase of the interesting technology at MaineDOT. Attendees will be able to interact with web based mapping applications on desktop and tablet devices. We will have a poster display of the ARAN vehicle that collects inventory information and show how that is integrated into our applications. Staff will be available to answer questions in more detail.
Linux - a trio of laptops, 2 with Red Hat 5, 1 with Fedora 17, all networked to each other. One will offer the Scratch application and allow students to write and try out simple coding scripts; the others will be connected to a webserver and offer simple web pages.
Radio - MSCommNet is the Maine State Communications Network. The State is building a modernized and unified land mobile radio communications network to replace several existing obsolete radio systems. The new radio system is a hybrid of state of the art digital computer technology with traditional analog (pre-computer) technologies. The system will be used by Maine State Troopers, Game Wardens, Marine Patrol Officers, Forest Rangers, and many other State agency radio users. Aside from portable radios carried by people, mobile radios are installed in cars, pick-up trucks, boats, airplanes and helicopters; and control consoles are installed at dispatch centers. Mountaintop repeater sites are solar powered and interconnected by microwave dishes. MSCommNet will provide radio coverage statewide and bring radio communications into the digital age.
MEGIS - a display of examples in geospatial technology used in the State.
Accessibility -a showcase that include videos on how to make media accessible to the blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing. Jaws screen reader and web accessibility. Speech to text and text to speech technology.