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Results: 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Bonneville_IT_IMG_5119On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, students from across the state gathered at Utah Valley University to display their digital artwork at the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival. From photography to 3D graphics to 2D animation, students competed in this yearly competition/festival to showcase his or her best work, and to see projects from all around the state.

Congratulations to the following students who placed “Best of Show.”

2D Animation Kenneth Volcanes, Clearfield High School

3D Animation Tyler Anderton, Nebo ALC

3D Graphics Calvin Crowther, Davis High School

Audio Brian Williams, Granite Technical Institute

Game Design Carson Howe, Bear River High School

Photography Desyni Preece, Bountiful High School

Raster Graphics David Ha, Granite Technical Institute

Stop Motion Rustin Strachan and Cameron Linde, Nebo ALC

T-shirt/Poster Paul Amstone, Layton High School

Vector Graphics Bobbie Fonnesbeck, Canyons Technical Education Center

Video Ben Alyk, Mikayla Hipwell, Mathew Gates, and Parker Jenkins, Clearfield High School

Web Design Jackson Howe, Jordan Applied Technology Center

View the full list of winners.

Save the date for the 2016 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival to be held in May 2016. Watch for details at www.udmaf.org.

Meet Ronald Johnson: Future Network Systems Engineer

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Ronald Johnson photo - color“CTE courses have helped me prepare for my life after high school by giving me the knowledge, technical skill, and experience that I need to help prepare myself for the future. I have been focusing on Information Technology because it is the field that I have always wanted to go into. This field is the future, and I want to be a part of it.

“My goal in Information Technology is to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can to succeed in the field that I love. After my training at the DATC, I plan to find a job in application development. I see myself involved in multiple aspects of this field. This experience will impact my family greatly, because I will be the first person in my family going to college. I will also be giving my mother relief, knowing I will be okay in the future, and it will also set a good example for my younger sister.”

—Ronald Johnson, Mountain High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Ronald on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Davis Applied Technology College. Ronald was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Call for Entries: 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival

Monday, March 16th, 2015

GTI_IT_IMG_1732The entry deadline for submitting entries for the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival is Friday, April 10, 2015 at midnight. The Utah Digital Media Arts Festival is a yearly competition/festival that gives Utah high school students the opportunity to showcase his or her best work, and for students to see projects from all around the state.


1. What should my entry be about? There is no theme or content requirement for the categories. As long as it is school appropriate, you can create whatever you want!

2. How many entries can I submit in each category? Utah schools can submit four entries in each category, regardless of class size. Individual Utah students can submit two different categories. Schools are invited to hold their own competitions to pick entries that will move on to the festival.

3. Can students use photos they have found online in their designs? For the T-Shirt/Poster, and Graphics, and Photography categories, the work must be 100 percent student original.

4. Can copyright music be used in video and animation submissions? If copyright music is used in the video and animation categories, students must receive written permission from the original artist. This permission must be submitted along with the entry.

5. Can Creative Commons music be used in video and animation submissions? Creative Commons music can be used if the artist, song, and URL where found are attributed in the credits. Students will also need to attribute on the entry form.

DMAF T-shirt and poster winner 2015Category Guidelines: How to submit vector graphics, raster graphics, photography, animation—stop-motion, 2D animation—traditional or digital, audio, video, 3D graphics, 3D animation, Web design, and game design.

Entry form: Contact the Digital Media Arts teacher at your school.

Entry submission deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015 at midnight.

Fee: There is no fee to submit entries. However, there is a $12 fee to attend the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival, which will be held May 5, 2015 at Utah Valley University.

Prizes: First place winners receive a one-year subscription to the Adobe Creative cloud, along with a plaque, gift card, and a certificate.

News: Follow Utah Digital Media Arts Festival on Facebook.

Congratulations to Paul Amstone, student at Layton High School, who won the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival T-shirt and poster contest.

Hour of Code

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Bear River_IT_IMG_0672Plan now to participate in the second annual Hour of Code event during the week of December 8-14, 2014. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students throughout the world. Last year’s Hour of Code event was a huge success. In one week:

  • 15 million students worldwide learned an Hour of Code.
  • More girls tried computer science than in the last 70 years.
  • There were 41,409 Hour of Code events around the world.

This year the Hour of Code event has a goal to reach 100 million students. “In fifteen years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing . . . and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner,” says Mark Zuckerberg. Watch the video highlighting the Hour of Code.

Participate at your school. Participate in your community. Participate at your workplace.

Meet Thomas Jones: Future Computer Scientist

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“I want to earn a degree in computer science with an emphasis in computing and networking sciences. When I graduate from high school, I will have earned over 15 credits from Utah Valley University distance education classes.

“CTE courses prepared me for entering my chosen field of study. The knowledge from these classes has been and will be beneficial to my success in college. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my technology-related CTE classes, such as Digital Media and Computer Technology. By taking these classes I have come to the realization that the field of computer science is the field I desire.

“My family has instilled the values of responsibility and hard work. I look forward to continuing my education and being a successful and contributing member of society.”

Thomas Jones
Wasatch High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Thomas Jones
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Thomas Jones on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Thomas was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards  banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

High School Students to Participate in Utah IT Challenge

Monday, March 31st, 2014

During April high school students throughout Utah will compete in the annual Utah IT Challenge. The event is held in partnership with the Microsoft IT Academy, a national program that provides industry-leading technology skills. Utah’s IT Challenge includes Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications. Students who participate in the Utah IT Challenge further develop skills in industry-leading technology that will jump-start his/her future career in the IT industry.

Challenges will be held:
April 14, 2014
Salt Lake Metro Area –– Granite Technical Institute (GTI) – Salt Lake City, UT

April 16, 2014
Northern Utah Area –– Layton High School – Layton, UT

April 17, 2014
Southern Utah Area –– Desert Hills High School – St. George, UT

April 21-22, 2014
Utah County Area –– Nebo Advanced Learning Center – Springville, UT

Utah is known as a technology hotspot and is #1 in IT employment growth. According to the Utah Technology Council, there are approximately 7,000 technology companies in Utah, 5,000 in IT. Students who participate in the CTE Information Technology Education Pathways learn and develop IT skills to prepare to advance successfully into the Information Technology industry.

Thousands of Utah Students Participated in the Hour of Code Event

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Nationwide, over 17 million people participated in an Hour of Code, December 9-15, 2014, with students writing over 563 million lines of code. In Utah, approximately 57,500 elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students participated in the event.

“Southwest Applied Technology College had over 70 students and faculty participate in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code went so well, some chose to go above and beyond and learn more about programming from codecademy.com and khanacademy.org. I personally think this was a great experience. I can’t wait to see what kind of technology and programs we are going to have [in the future], since many students have now chosen programming as a profession,” said Scott Nelson, Information Technology Teaching Assistant at Southwest Applied Technology College.

Congratulations to Jackson Elementary School, in Salt Lake City, Utah, who was awarded a classroom set of laptop computers, by Computer Science Education Week, for their Hour of Code plan.

National Computer Science Facts:
> Computer science is a top paying college degree.

> Less than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. And the numbers have dropped since the last decade.

> Exposure to computer science leads to some of the best-paying jobs in the world. However, 75 percent of the population is underrepresented.

> Computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average.

> While, 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women.

> 9 out of 10 schools don’t offer computer programming classes.

> In 36 of 50 states, computer science doesn’t count towards high school graduation math or science requirement.

Source: csedweek.org/promote

Utah Computer Science Facts:
> Utah is one of 14 states that require students to take computer science in order to graduate.

> Approximately one-third of Utah high schools teach computer programming or computer science.

> Approximately 20 Utah schools are teaching a new ninth-grade elective called “Exploring Computer Science.”

“My classes participated in the Hour of Code. I feel like this was a great experience for all of my students to better understand problem solving, but more importantly to get excited about programming. After watching the short intro videos, students were surprised by how many notable people and “cool” people were getting involved in coding. The most exciting thing for me was their enthusiasm for coding. I had a few students complete “Beyond an Hour of Code” (the 20 hour course) for which they received a prize of their choice. What’s even more exciting is that instead of students asking to play games at the end of class, I now have students asking if they can code. What a great opportunity this has been! I would do this again in a heartbeat!” said Kimberly Mendenhall, Computer Technology teacher at Fort Herriman Middle School, Jordan School District.

Students, talk to your school counselor to sign up for a course in one of six Utah Information Technology Education Pathways. By participating in a computer science course you will learn to think creatively, develop problem solving skills, and how to write code.

Utah news stories highlighting the Hour of Code event:
Should Utah require computer coding before graduation?
Event aims to spark kids’ interest in computer science
Monte Vista Students Join Millions in Hour of Code


Digital Media Arts Festival T-shirt and Poster Contest

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The coordinators of the 2014 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival (DMAF) are soliciting entries for the T-shirt and poster contest for the Festival. Students are asked to come up with their own 3-5 word theme for the Festival, with a focus on design, creativity, and/or digital media, and then design a T-Shirt and poster illustrating that theme.

The DMAF is a yearly competition/festival that gives students the opportunity to showcase his or her best work, and for students to see projects from all around the state.  The winning poster will be given to educators attending the UACTE Winter Conference and in May the T-shirt will be given to attendees of the Digital Media Arts Festival. The winner will be awarded a trophy at the Festival.

T-shirt design requirements:

  • The T-Shirt is a one color silkscreen.
    Choose one color for the T-shirt and one color for the ink.
  • Size: 11″ x 17″
  • Submit design in a 300 dpi vector/.ai file format.
  • The design can be either for the front or the back of the T-shirt.
  • The winning design becomes the property of the Digital Media Arts Festival.

Poster design requirements:

  • The poster is full color.
  • Size: 11″ x 17″ and 17″ x 22″
  • Submit design in a 300 dpi vector/.ai file format.
  • The winning design becomes the property of the Digital Media Arts Festival.
  • The poster design should include the chosen theme and festival categories listed below.
2D Animation Art Portfolio
2D Graphics – Raster Audio
2D Graphics – Vector Interactive Media
3D Animation Photography
3D Graphics Video
Animation – Stop Motion Web Design

Entry requirements:

  • Must be a Utah high school student.
  • Designs must consist of completely original artwork, absolutely NO clip-art or stock illustrations, and NO copyrighted material. Any typography must be licensed for free commercial use.
  • Student entering the contest must be willing to sign a media release.
  • Entries submitted via a drop box.
    Contact Mr. Jensen at djensen@dsdmail.net for submission details.

 The deadline for entering the contest is Friday, December 20, 2013.
The winner will be announced by January 31, 2014.

WATCH a slideshow video featuring the 2013 Digital Media Arts Festival winners.


Plan Now to Participate in the Hour of Code Event

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, plan now to participate in the Hour of Code event December 9-15, 2013. The first annual Hour of Code is a campaign to encourage 10 million students to learn to code. Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. believed, “Everyone in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”

The goal of the Hour of Code campaign is to demystify computer science for students across the country. Through introductory tutorials, that can be completed online, on a smartphone, or even unplugged, students will learn the basics of how to code. Code.org is challenging teachers, parents and even employers to encourage students of all ages to participate during Computer Science Education Week.

Participate at your school
Participate in your community
Participate at your workplace

Did you know?

  • Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1.
  • The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years and these are some of the highest paying jobs.
  • 90 percent of schools in the US do not teach computer science.
  • In many countries, computer science is required (China, Vietnam, Estonia. Soon UK, Australia)
  • The basics of coding can be learned by anybody, starting in elementary school. But fewer than 10 percent of students try and only 2 percent are women.

There is no need to wait until December 9, 2013 to start learning how to code. Start now by trying out one of the programs listed below:

Khan Academy

“Whether you’re trying to make a lot of money or whether you just want to change the world, computer programming is an incredibly empowering skill to learn, says Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO, Code.org.

To join this event sign up HERE and WATCH what people are saying about the Hour of Code.

Dallas Pedersen: From High School Student to IT Professional

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Dallas Pedersen graduated from Jordan High School. While in high school Dallas took all of the courses available, at the Canyons Technical Education Center, in the Network Systems Pathway and the Technical Support Pathway.

“The classes helped me to realize how much the future is integrated with technology and no matter what group of technology you are working with it all has to be networked together somehow. Experience is everything in IT and certifications are the quickest way to get you on your way, says Dallas.”

In addition to taking the Network Fundamentals, A +, and Security Fundamental courses, Dallas took advantage of the opportunity to become certified in:

> A+
> IC3
> Strata
> MTA Operating Systems Fundamentals
> MTA Security Fundamentals
> MTA Networking Fundamentals
> MTA Server Admin Fundamentals

Obtaining multiple IT certifications not only gave Dallas a competitive edge, but jump-started his career in a 21st century workforce. Dallas says, “Immediately after high school I got a job working technical support for the Red Cross. A year later, I now work for Executech as a network administrator/IT Consultant for multiple clients.

According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, the median wage for a Network Administrator is $32.58 an hour or $67,766 a year. Because of the skills Dallas obtained in high school by completing the Network Systems Pathway, and by becoming certified in multiple IT areas, he is now earning a salary well above the median wage for this occupation.