Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Invest in Your Ability to Innovate

About the Author:  My name is 🍃Tree Strepek & I spent 5 wonderful years as a Technology Teacher for K-12 students in a private college prep academy.   My years in middle and high school education taught me how much I enjoy inspiring young people to discover and develop their natural giftedness.   

I am here to extend my investment into America's Youth.  I love middle school age boys & teenagers alike and the smart ones need to be challenged.  Bored, smart kids challenge their parents (haha).  Honestly, investing in a young person's own understanding of self is one of the most valuable, lasting gifts we can impart on them.   Every one of us has natural strengths, especially young people.  

Today: We get to do a fun workshop that will reveal information about your natural strengths. 

How:  We are going to take two tests that reveal data about a person’s natural aptitudes.  As you take the test and learn something about yourself, write down facts about your personality type as you go.  Learning your personality type is only the 1st Step.  It's pretty cool- there are 16 possible personality types and each one is equally awesome!   

Students:  Every one of us has natural strengths.  In plain terms these natural strengths(called aptitudes) are our giftedness.  Aptitudes are strengths we don’t have to work for.  Aptitudes are part of us.  They make us truly unique.  For many reasons, most of us cannot identify our natural strengths.  Let's see if we can change that & spend some time pausing to grow personally.   

Step 1: Look @ Clues and Jot Down Ideas....  
  • Clue #1: We tend to lean into our strengths in times of need.  What part of who you are do you lean on under pressure?  When you are in trouble- Are you a talker?  Do you try to empathize?  Are you an entertainer?  
  • Clue #2: Natural strengths are FUN for us to use.  They energize us.  What do you engage in that makes you feel like "POW- I LOVE THAT!" !  
  • Clue #3:  Natural strengths come easy for us.  What is easy for you?  What job would you do even if you didn't get paid- because you enjoy it.

Step 2: Take these personality tests.  

Step 3: Fill out the Handout your Teacher provided.  Make sure you circle your personality type.

Teachers:  I know how much time is eaten up lesson planning.  That's why I made this meaningful lesson turn-key for you.  This is a smart lesson.  Your preparation includes about 10 minutes to print handouts for each student.    

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sleepy Hollow INSPIRES future INNOVATORS in the 5th grade!

This just in.... Sleepy Hollow 5th graders blew Innovation In Me away today!  Thanks for sharing your day with us!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Our Mission Statement: 
"We exist to inspire American youth to use their natural strengths to propel the world forward."

A Final Word from Mrs. Strepek:   When faced with choices Lean into your Aptitudes, Analyze, Adapt & Innovate.  Never be afraid to fail. Even Google says, "Fail Fast, Recover Quickly". Brilliance is in the fail cycle. Failure is like the turbulent, foamy edge of a wave crashing down on the shore. Believe in yourself enough to take chances... you have a lot to offer the world.  Risk is the pathway to reward. To be a change agent one needs their giftedness developed.  Each person is worthy of a purpose driven life.
 I BELIEVE IN YOU  Peace Out ;-)

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iTreeware.com believes in bringing people together.  That means working in collaboration, knowledge sharing, and building on the strengths of the community as a whole.  iTreeware proudly invests in a charity focused on building a strong pipeline of innovative youth called 'Innovation In Me' (Iim).   'Iim' dares students to solve problems in unique ways only they can!  'I.i.m.' helps students discover their own natural aptitudes and use them to innovate without filter!  'Iim' encourages students to think outside the box by listening to the brilliant ideas already inside them.  'Innovation In Me' aims to kick-start an "I CAN DO IT!" message inside every student!  Watch this charity make a big impact as it invests in a new generation of American Ingenuity- grass roots style.  

Learn More about this FREE, open-source, hands-on workshop @http://innovatewithme.blogspot.com/2016/02/shes-2016.html 

Contact Theresa @ tree@iTreeware.com 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What College Degree Should I Pursue?

Here's a Simple College Planning Workshop Idea to assist grade 9-12 students in their QUEST for direction after high school.  

Students- did you know Your college career track could be completely satisfying and rewarding.  Here are a few things to think about when you are making choices about your future.  I want you to have a sustainable career that feeds your soul & and your bank account.  

Get the Creative Juices Pumping

Step 1: Determine Your Strengths (click here).  You will identify your personality, your natural strengths and natural weaknesses.  Take some time and invest yourself in this process healthy (not easy) process. Personal insight is important as we grow up.

Step 2: With your strengths in hand (as Identified in Step 1), Ask Yourself, "What do I enjoy doing?".  
For Example: Say one of your greatest strengths is that you are a good campaigner and you enjoy baking and tending to your plants in the garden.  

  • Your strength: communication/organization  
  • Enjoy: plants, gardening, baking

Step 3:  Using Google Search- search to find a JOB with those skills.  Type in "communication jobs in plant science" into the Google Search.  

  • Analyze the results.  
  • Choose 1 Job that YOU WOULD LOVE TO DO
    • Look at the Job Title 
    • Read the Job Description

Step 4: The Litmus Test.  

  • Look at your job closely.  What is the pay?  
  • Choose a job that allows your family to live comfortably.  At this point in your job search it is good to assuming you have a lot of experience in your area of expertise.  Go for it.  
Change Your Job until you find a job that meets BOTH these criteria: 
  • you would LIKE TO DO this exact job.  How Cool that You Found It!!!  
  • Pay is => $100,000/ year 

Step 5: Connect this Job to Your College Quest  

  • Look at your job closely.  What are the Job Requirements?  
  • Every skilled job will list it's educational requirements.  
This is a College Degree You Need to Investigate.  In a way we are just getting started.  Here's where this plugs into your college selection process. 

Step 6: Google Search colleges in your state with that degree

  • Look at your options closely.  What is the acceptance %?  
  • Do not eliminate any colleges.  Not on basis of tuition or acceptance rate or SAT score.
  • Send away for ALL of these colleges brochures.  

Now You are Equipped to Get Excited About a Bright, Satisfying Future

Sample Job

Organization          U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Reference Code    ARS-MPAMRU-2018-975-0008-02
How to Apply .       A complete application consists of:
  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • Two educational or professional references
All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
If you have questions, send an email to USDA-ARS@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.
A research opportunity is available with the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit (MPAMRU) in Peoria, Illinois.
The participant will join a team to conduct research in characterization of plant-fungal interaction and identification of important genes that may be used to develop novel methods to reduce mycotoxin contamination and Fusarium head blight (FHB) in wheat. The learning objectives for this opportunity include training and experience in a variety of molecular biology techniques useful in studying plant-pathogen interactions. The successful candidate will identify effectors in F. graminearum and determine their roles in pathogenesis. The selected individual will be directly involved in growing fungal pathogen, generating fungal mutants, growing plants and performing disease evaluation, collecting samples and conducting molecular analysis.
This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position requires a pre-appointment check and a full background investigation.
This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
For more information about the ARS Research Participation Program, please visit the Program Website.
All candidates should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Plant Pathology, Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology, or a closely related field.
Knowledge of molecular biology is highly preferred as well as lab experience with basic molecular techniques such as DNA isolation, PCR reaction and cloning. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to communicate effectively in English, and ability to work independently and in a team environment are desired.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (5

Sunday, February 2, 2014

iTreeware Tech Cafe' blueprint


#GoBeyondGiving   #WorkTogether

TOGETHER-  We Can Build an Innovation HUB  that brings S.T.E.M.  gifted students & older wise ones and local business together to solve real business problems . The conduit is mobile app technology fueled by Geocache Engagement Technology and great graphics.

Call to Act with us:  We have what it takes to bring high-technology to a suburban community and build a Google-like TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS with CAFE' comfort.

@ the campus  we inspire, equip, and connect our local STEM-talented youth to real business issues so they can solve 'blockers' with fresh innovative concepts.
@ the campus  we invite business to bring road blocks, pain points  & business problems.
@ the campus  we encourage eager young minds to plug-in with the help of our powerful mobile app.
@ the campus  every time a patron walks in the door they receive the challenge of the day as a notification on their mobile device.

The iTreeware Campus formula TARGETS COLLABORATION  between 13-24 year old students,  local business owners, silver hairs and respected retired ones who want to contribute too.

The iTreeware TechCafe' yields a win-win-win result:
The Student Wins- receive satisfaction they add real business value.  possible professional endorsements. 
The Business Wins- gains access to innovative minds in their community.
The Community Wins- gains a positive HUB that fosters healthy, technology-based interaction between all the generations of citizens including the oldest generation of wise ones.

My name is Tree Strepek.  I am raising money to create the iTreeware Tech Cafe'.  a campus that fosters community and innovation on a small, cozy scale. The campus could be at the corner of Rt 72/ Randall Rd where traffic is 4,000 cars/ hr.  With proper build out this location could support heavy foot-traffic while supporting the preservation of 150 year old homesteader buildings that are slated for demolition this year.  The demographic of the area supports profitability with abundance, youth of all ages,  a township invested in healthy programs for the young and older & family-centric values.  Schweitzer woods down the street is donated from the same family.  Together these properties preserve a period in time gone by. 

 On a personal note.  In my local community,  I interact with brilliant youth from our Fox Valley community.   I have grown to see that we have an opportunity on our hands.   Dear Neighbors:  We are sitting on a trifecta- we have science-minded talent, a "family oriented community" invested in the next generation & a country that needs innovative minds and new ideas to propel forward.

iTreeware believes the USA already has what it needs to make big discoveries.  The elements in the formula can be reorganized.  We are crowdfunding to raise funds to create a prototype Tech Cafe' that brings high-technology to a suburban community with real business challenges, human interaction and we can accomplish new things.  We can work together.   The iTreeware Tech Cafe' Campus aims to inspire, equip, and connect our science-talented citizens to local business success stories while giving the older, wiser crowd to season it with wisdom.  To do this we invite local business to bring their business blockers & pain points to us every day... and let our own local citizens innovate solutions over coffee at the Tech Cafe'.

/object/   iTreeware Technology Campus
/tag line /                 meetup @  the TechCafe' 
/futureURL /         www.iTreewareTech.CAFE'

/iTreeware Technology Cafe /
The iTreeware Technology Cafe sets up an eco-system of networking opportunity between high-tech business professionals and fresh, innovative, new, talented minds and mixes in the wisdom of the older generations all the he Northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL.  We are passionate about creating a Google-like Technology campus for the Fox Valley neighborhoods and communities.

The iTreeware Technology Campus  seeks to build a collaboration hub for young STEM-gifted talents to solve real business problems.  Challenges are facilitated through state of the art Geocache Engagement Technology (like Pokemon GO, FB Beam).

The American Spirit of Ingenuity-type gifted minds need to be plugged in!

@ the iTreeware TechCafe' we:
    - Educate
    - Collaborate
    - Innovate

/iTreeware Technology Campus /
Young minds & business professionals stop by the iTreeware TechCafe' daily to engage in a community focused on the edge of new challenges working collaboratively in a bright, colorful, qwerky, open space.  The cafe' serves mediterranean, vegan, green, alive! food, featuring smoothies & the "magic bullet" bar.

iTreeware TechEd encourages knowledge seekers to take classes to learn state of the art coding skills in the studio.

iTreeware Events hosts fashion forward networking opportunities to attract hi-tech business profesionals, local business owners & young adults. This includes meetups, workshops, business forumn gatherings.  Targeted events will use the runway and include amateur models, hi-fashion, music, local talent & lighting.

iTreeware Culture invites fellow geeks to knowlege share in the process of building solutions for the mobile marketplace.

/iTreeware Technology Campus  /
The campus has 4  sections within an open floor plan.  Space feels like a glass & timber cube with strong zen/ 10,000 waves vibe.

The CAFE'  is wi-fi enabled with the fastest wi-fi in the area (faster than Starbucks!). Food is Mediterranean w/ delicious vegan offerings- like: Native Foods, Naf Naf, Nef.  All marketing encourages innovative minds & business mogels to JOIN US and plug in @ the iTreeware TechCafe'. Eating spaces accomodate long-term work.  Customers linger to solve challenges together.  Challenges are available as a geo-cache experience when customers enter the iTreeware Technology Campus.  This drives natural engagement.

The GIFT SHOP is the entryway to the campus with a splash of refreshing green energy when you walk in the door, fresh flowers, zen/ 10,000 waves vibe, trinkets, earthy unique gifts, natural materials, dried flower arrangements, plants.  Chair massages are an option.

The STUDIO is a multi-purpose space that is highly adaptable.  It is used for BYOL technical training, team building workshops, healthy body training (yogo, pilates, zumba, cardio),  larger scale runway events.

The DEV HUB is the office space for The iTreeware Group company work area.  iTreeware builds mobile solutions for distinguishing clients out of this location.  The adjoining wall is glass.

/iTreeware Technology Campus /
Where is the money going to be used?
@Building: two options  #1: there is a location available in Algonquin, IL (old 'Dania' bldg, across from Algonquin Commons).  #2: buy land & build.  Rough sketches for the iTreeware Tech Campus location are available on request.

@Talent: salaries for professional, skilled, talent.  The iTreeware team;  real estate, general contractor, legal, accounting, marketing,  office manager, sales, software engineer/ consultants, partner, events planner, shop + cafe' manager [deli franchise plug-in + organic coffee/ tea cafe' options could exist].

@Materials: print copy, cards, office supplies, furniture

@Advertising: local.  target youth ages 12-24.  target business owners, decision makers.

/iTreeware Technology Campus /
It would be  GREAT if you chose to join our team in building the iTreeware Technology Campus! An Innovation & Technology center for our community.   Jobs created.  Opportunity born.  Youth innovating.  Community engagement. Business solutions identified.  Momentum created.

If we all work together we can BUILD a high-tech, Chicago-quality technology base in our neighborhood!

 *Please donate to this cause as generously as possible.*

/iTreeware Technology Campus /
/who I am /
I am a nerd, team builder & educator with quite a bit of 'TechMuscle'.  My technical credentials span over 25 years in the technology space.  At present I am a software engineer capable of creating responsive web apps, mobile apps, back-end web services, adminitration of app server, provisioning & more!

I am completely invested in the next generation.  I aim to empower them & scaffold America's best & brightest to SUCCEED in the global marketplace of innovation.

To mention a few ways I engage with youth today:
 #1.) Created a free, open-source Inspirational workshop for students in grades 3-12, called "Innovation in Me".  blog | facebook
#2.) Contributed to an educational effort born out of an Urban Sustainability hackathon in Chicago, 2013. At this hack-a-thon I met with 7 other people and we formed "PlanetLAB "- winning 3rd place, then advancing to the 'next round' and winning 1st place.   PlanetLAB  is an edTech web app for STEM eduction, in which, hands-on projects are gathered into a fun, engaging, easily searched, geoLocation based resource that matches finds nearby hand-on STEM programs to deepen curiosity and facilitate deep understanding.   Stay tuned! PlanetLAB been funded by the National Science Foundation!
#3.) Invested 5 years teaching high school Technology class at college-prep Harvest Christian Academy
#4.) Empassioned to create a Google-like Technology campus for the Fox Valley neighborhoods and communities.

I feel strongly that this Tech Campus vision has been entrusted to me.  The concept is reproducable across America.  There is no strain, the details are in my mind- like they have been handed to me completed.  I am an artist with Technology, TeamBuilding, Organization, Education talents.   I am acting on the burden of this vision because I believe there is a real opportunity to fortify our community for generations to come.  For me, personally, this is about taking action on a vision & giving back to the country I love- America.  I have the schematic for the building in my mind.

Jump-Start  American Ingenuity at a grass roots level & Donate Today!