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STEM Education

Think Makes a Difference in STEM Education

May 16th, 2018 Posted by Community, Hour of Code 0 thoughts on “Think Makes a Difference in STEM Education”

Durango, Colo., May 16, 2018 – Think Network Technologies (Think) partnered with Mountain Middle School to sponsor materials for two week-long computer programming education sessions, “intersessions”, the week of May 7-11, 2018.

Think’s intersessions partnership with Mountain Middle School stemmed from a previous partnership in December 2017 to execute the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global educational event designed to demystify “code”, to show that anyone can learn code, and to broaden kids’ interest in computer science. As a result of Think’s support in December, Mountain Middle was able to provide its students with Sphero robots and Raspberry Pi single-board computers that can be re-used for additional educational projects in the future.

“As a technology company and as members of the community, we at Think feel a responsibility to motivate and enable children to learn STEM because it helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. We are excited about this learning opportunity for the Mountain Middle School students, but more importantly that the students are excited about learning technology. We believe that small efforts like ours can have big impacts. Going forward we hope even more schools will catch on and provide STEM education resources,” said Melissa Glick, CEO of Think.

STEM education is a national issue. There is a disconnect between the number of STEM jobs available and the number of STEM-educated candidates. Currently there are over 520,000 open computing jobs in the United States, but less than 50,000 computer science students graduated into the workforce in 2017 – the issue is getting worse every year. Computer science graduates enjoy the second-highest starting salary and the highest full-time employment rate (76%) within six months of graduation, yet there aren’t enough qualified candidates to fill open positions.

Think Network Technologies is an award-winning, full-service IT company based in Durango, Colo. and servicing the Four Corners, providing managed services, premise and cloud solutions, integrated communications, and IT consulting for businesses. For more information on the Hour of Code, click here. For coverage from The Durango Herald, click here.

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Think Outside the Box: Soren Thompson

January 17th, 2017 Posted by Community, Newsletters, Staff 1 thought on “Think Outside the Box: Soren Thompson”

This is volume four of the “Think Outside the Box” series and we’re introducing you to the newest addition, Soren Thompson! We’re so excited to bring Soren on the team and you can see why below.

Get to Know Soren

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Escondido, CA but moved to Ruidoso, NM at a very early age. It’s a beautiful mountain town just like Durango!

What are your professional certification(s)?
I have my CCNA Routing and Switching and I am currently working towards my CCNA Wireless.

How long have you been at Think?
One whole week!

What is your role at Think? (In plain English, please.)
I am currently the IT Support Manager for our level 1 support team. I have the privilege of learning from and assisting our core group of skilled technicians. On the engineer side, I will be working with a lot of the Cisco, Microsoft and other issues that happen to come my way.

Outside the Box: Lightning Round

What 80’s movie/song would you say best describes you?
Back to the Future – Can’t get enough of those self-lacing Nikes!

If you could bring back a popular 80’s fad, what would it be?
Oh… The afro! (not sure if this is an 80’s thing, maybe 70’s?)

If you could be an animal, what would it be and why?
I’d have to choose an Eagle, it just fits my name!

If money was no object and you could buy anything you wanted, what would it be and why?
I’d purchase all my family and friends’ debts so they could help me take care of my newly owned island!

What is your favorite thing about Durango (Durango area)?  
Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Not sure if this is a Durango thing, but I’ll count it as such!

If you could choose to meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
Nikola Tesla – So far ahead of his time.

What is your favorite season and why?
Autumn – the chill in the air and the beautiful colors remind me that in Spring we get to see them all come back.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Rattlesnake jerky… It’s true that most things DO taste like chicken

Have you ever been told you look like someone famous?
Even though I don’t agree with the perception, but I’ve got Rob Schneider more than a few times!

What was the worst haircut you have ever had?
I had a girlfriend in high school that once recommended I frost my tips… “Copper top” they called me.


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