Community Foundation of NCW Partners with Microsoft to Support Nonprofits
The Community Foundation of NCW has partnered with Microsoft to provide technology support of STEM innovation projects in three NCW school districts and the TechSpark initiative that will provide free technology assessments, products, and training for nonprofits across the North Central Washington region.
STEM Innovation Projects
The Tonasket and Oroville School Districts will both receive $9,600 for a project that will allow high school students to learn STEM, design, and digital skills as well as engaging parents and students together in STEM-related activities in collaboration with the Gear Up program. Gear Up students will receive training in 3D modelling, principles of 3D printing, the Engineering Design Model, digital skills, multirotor operation/design and competitions/challenges with other Gear Up sites.
The Mansfield School District will receive $5,000 to purchase a 3D printer and allow high school students to take two classes offered by Central Washington University in engineering, technology, science, and computers. Students will receive hands-on training in operation of AutoCAD’s design and drafting software with emphasis on features, limitations, and dimensioning strategy. They will also learn three dimensional modeling including design of parts, assembly, and working drawings using 3D solid modeling software.
Microsoft is offering nonprofits access to free technology products and training to help improve efficiency and secure data through its TechSpark initiative. TechSpark aims to foster greater economic opportunity and job creation through partnerships with rural communities, learn about local challenges, and implement digital initiatives to help accelerate growth. The TechSpark initiative focuses on five program areas: digital transformation, digital skills and computer science education, career pathways, rural broadband, and support for nonprofits. North Central Washington has been chosen as one of six regions selected as a Microsoft TechSpark community, with a focus on supporting nonprofits.
Nonprofits in the region who want to take advantage of free technology will need to start by taking an online assessment that will give TechSpark information about their needs. From there, TechSpark will implement the appropriate tools and software, and provide training in partnership with Logic 20/20, a technology consulting firm.
Deadline to submit the technology assessment is July 20, 2018.