We are a group of superstar problem solvers who work with local individuals and businesses to make their lives better with technology. We are true believers in making technology work for us, not the other way around. Automation is the name of the game. How can we make you more efficient?
Our professional backgrounds are in manufacturing, military, maintenance, healthcare, training (corporate, collegiate and K-12), business systems, Information Technology, database administration, data analysis, web development, mobile development, and nonprofit administration.
Jason's experience, hobbies and "calling" all lead back to technology. He is a maker at heart and strives to absorb as much info and hands on experience with as much tech as possible. His interest and experience has complimented and helped him advance from a technician to trainer and then a supervisor of trainers. Jason's hobbies include 3D printing (built my own) CNC milling (converted mill to CNC and built a CNC router). Robotics and Laser cutting. Scuba diving with a metal detector (treasure hunting and salvage recovery).
Steve has nearly 17 years of teaching experience in software development and over 12 years of freelance software development experience, developing websites and apps for local businesses.
Like the rest here at JacksonMITech, Steve has a love for tinkering, making and gadgets. His favorite projects are an interactive art piece where anyone in the world can tweet it to change colors (automated via a Raspberry Pi) and a mailbox that texts you when you have mail (his dad has a long driveway).
Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administrative Systems and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology both from Western Michigan University.
Brian Soltis is a Mechanical Engineer who has been writing software solutions for over 18 years. Brian honed his software development skills integrating custom Oracle DB applications for state governments participating in all aspects of SDLC from RFPs to user training. These days he is breaking down barriers and improving efficiencies working with custom SAP GUI scripting.
Brian enjoys working with Arduino, databases, electronics, and fixing stuff.
Brian has his BSME from Michigan Technological University.
Is there a discount for siblings?
Yes, there is. $100/extra child/week
Is there a discount for going to multiple weeks?
Yes, there is. $100/extra week
What should my camper bring to camp?
Sack lunch, comfy shoes/clothes, water bottle (water and some snacks will be provided)
What does a typical daily schedule look like?
8:30–9am: Check-in for campers
9am: Morning announcements, icebreakers, and team-building activities
9:30am: Split into course groups and let the tech innovation begin!
1pm: Return to the labs for more instruction
2:30pm: Ultimate frisbee, anyone? Capture the flag? Board games?
3:15pm: Return to the labs. Let's create!
5pm: Wrap-up projects for the day
5–5:30pm: Pick-up time for campers
Where is the camp located?
It will take place at the Jackson Makerspace at 730 Tomlinson St, Jackson, MI
What is Raspberry Pi?
Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing, browsing the internet, and playing games. It is used by adults and children all over the world to learn programming and digital making. It can be used as the brain of robots or interactive art.
Forms coming soon!