Technology

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Educators in Sioux Falls say they want computer science classes to equip kids with technology skills and context in the digital community. The Sioux Falls School District implemented a new curriculum one year ago; that move ended keyboarding classes for students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Middle school curriculum coordinator Sandy Henry says in the spring the district assessed 1,140 sixth graders. She says the average they could type was 23 words per minute.

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Cardiologists in Rapid City are using a new pacemaker that is fully implanted inside a person’s heart. The FDA only recently approved the technology. Doctor Kelly Airey with Rapid City Regional Hospital performed the first procedure to place the pacemaker.  Her patient is impressed.

Paul Baldwin has had two traditional pacemakers to normalize and regulate his heartbeat. When his latest device’s battery was up for replacement, he talked with Dr. Kelly Airey about his options. Baldwin says she recommended a tiny pacemaker that’s self-contained within his heart.

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If you’re listening to this show in the Black Hills right now there is chance you can also hear the rumble of a loud motorcycle. It’s the Sturgis Rally – and the thundering gas powered bikes are swarming the hills. Next we take a look at a much quieter form of transportation. A solar car race. 

SDPB’s Jim Kent stopped by Wind Cave National Park for the closing hours of the American Solar Challenge Road Rally…on a very overcast Saturday morning as rain moved into the Black Hills.

SQL Saturday, Tesla car fatal and Windows 10

Jul 1, 2016

In this edition of Techradio host Kent Osborne spoke with Joshua Warne, founder of the (605) SQL User Group, about SQL Saturday. The event is Saturday July 23rd at the University Center (Avera Hall) in Sioux Falls from 8:00am-5:00pm. More information can be found at http://www.sqlsaturday.com/539/EventHome.aspx.

And the "Computer Guys" Joel Broveleit and Amos Aesoph joined Osborne to discuss a fatal Tesla car crash, Apple and Windows 10.

  

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A camp in Sioux Falls this summer is teaching kids how to program electronics and video games. Using computer code, kids learn how to program a motion sensor, range finder, and a laser to create a homemade security system.

15 middle school boys eagerly punch computer keys, and plug electronic pieces into a microcontroller board. They are learning how to upload code onto their device to create certain effects, such as a motion sensor that emits different sound depending on how far away it detects an object.

Sioux Falls Hosts A Cyber Security Conference

May 6, 2016
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New Cyber Security guidelines put in place by the National Institute of Standards and Technology aim to better protect the country from cyber attacks.

Officials say foreign cyber attacks could target US businesses and critical infrastructure such as power plants and dams.

SDN Communications is holding a conference in Sioux Falls this week to teach area businesses and organizations about the importance of cyber security.

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South Dakotans list agriculture as the number one driver of economic development. That’s according to a recent survey that polled people nationally and gathered data in three separate states. Some people’s perceptions of the economy don’t jibe directly with information from businesses. 

A Wells Fargo and USA Today survey polled South Dakotans to find out which sectors they think contribute to a healthy economy. The top responses in order were agriculture, health care, education, construction, and retail.

Teachers from around South Dakota are collaborating to find new ways to engage students in problem solving. A conference on Technology and Innovation in Education wrapped up this week. One of the dozens of sessions focused on helping students break into a box by thinking outside of it.

Dr. Julie Mathiesen, Director of TIE - Technology & Innovation in Education. TIE is based in Rapid City but provides services across the state and region. In order to help schools and educators stay current with technology there is an annual conference starting Sunday in Sioux Falls. This year is the 30th anniversary of the organization and is expanding to include a full spectrum of Learning Services. 

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First-year medical students are tapping into new technologies that support health providers in rural areas. Avera’s eCare facility provides live video access to specialists and emergency physicians to support providers in different circumstances. Some students say it makes them more confident in pursuing work in rural medicine. 

Medical students in short white coats surround a mannequin. Three volunteers in blue paper gowns take direction from a physician on a TV screen who walks them through life-saving techniques.

State representatives support a measure that takes South Dakota out of a regional coalition. State leaders entered the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in 2008. A push is now underway to end the contract with 11 other states.

South Dakota is part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Proponents say the Board of Regents has gained from the membership. State lawmakers say enrollment has two primary advantages: it offers more buying power on technology purchases and savings on property insurance.

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Sioux Falls leaders plan to get a detailed view of water underground using technology attached to a helicopter. The city’s public works department is contracting with the US Geological Survey and a company called CGG Canada Services. Mapping the aquifer requires a system called RESOLVE and days in the sky.

They call it a bird. The RESOLVE helicopter-borne geophysical system is a long, white cylinder sensor. It has a red drag skirt on one end that keeps it flying straight: think the feathers on an arrow.

Hy-Vee Soon To Offer Grocery Shopping Online

Sep 21, 2015

Hy-Vee customers can soon shop for groceries and have them delivered to their home- all within a few clicks of a mouse. Later this month Hy-Vee stores across the state are rolling out the ‘Aisles Online' program.

Customers can soon go online, select groceries, and have a personal shopper package items for up-pick or home delivery. Nic Hoch is the Manager Store Operations Director for Hy-Vee in Sioux Falls. He says the program is the first of its kind in the Midwest.  

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Area leaders say technology is rapidly changing the way they do business. People from different industries met in Sioux Falls Thursday to discuss technology and South Dakota’s economy. The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce worked together for the free event.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are celebrating 25 years of partnership at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls. In August 1990, the USGS and NASA jointly established the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center at EROS to collect and disseminate critical land sensing information.

Two years ago NASA launched the Earth-observing satellite Landsat 8 which collects images archived at EROS. The images help document drought, deforestation, trends in seasonal vegetation, the impact of natural disasters and more.

100 8th through 12th grade girls are in Madison this week for a summer camp devoted to cyber security. This is the second year for the GenCyber camps sponsored by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. The agencies are interested in filling a need for cyber security experts, both in government and private industry.

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Satellites can take digital images of Earth, but if they’re not calibrated, those images are only pretty pictures. That’s according to Dennis Helder, head of the image processing lab at South Dakota State University.

Science Happy Hour

Jun 12, 2015

Science Happy Hour is taking place Friday night in Sioux Falls.  More than 20 exhibits have local scientists explaining topics in a fun and accessible way for adults to learn while enjoying a beverage.  Physicist Barbara Szczerbinska of Dakota State University and Nancy Wehrkamp, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, detailed the event on Innovation with Cara Hetland.  They also discussed the 4th annual "It's All About Science Festival," a family friendly event that explores science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  And they outlined the Center for Theoretical Undergro

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Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries  has been awarded a $6 million contract for its tethered aerostats from the Department of Defense. The contract comes from the Naval Air Warfare Center aircraft division in New Jersey for exportable persistent ground surveillance systems, spare equipment and technical support. Raven’s relationship with the military goes back to the company’s founding in 1956 when it produced high altitude research balloons for the U.S. Navy.

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More than 660 middle school girls from southeastern South Dakota are learning about careers in science and math. The Women in Science group hosted a conference Wednesday for its eleventh year. Professionals at dozens of break-out sessions and exhibits at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls want girls to know that women can have successful careers in STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technololgy, Engineering and Math. 

New technology enhancing emergency communications is being implemented in South Dakota. It will eventually allow people to share pictures and video with 911 centers during an emergency call. The new system will also include backups that are meant to make 911 services less prone to outages and failures.

Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, State 911 coordinator for the Department of Public Safety, says cell phones and other wireless communication devices have made the new technology necessary. She joined Dakota Midday and discussed the Next Generation 911 system.

Guide To Geek Gifting

Nov 21, 2014

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" present one of their favorite shows of the year - the "Guide to Geek Gifting."  Listen for great gift ideas for the "tech geek" in your life!

Cyber-physical systems technology is a new field that researchers say will transform the way people interact with engineered systems in the same way the internet has transformed the way people interact with information. But because cyber-physical systems are subject to threats that could undermine the national and economic security of the United States, researchers are looking for ways to strengthen the systems.

Techradio: Aereo Ruling, Iphone Rumors and Firephone

Jun 27, 2014
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Techradio features the latest in tech news from host Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys": Amos Aesophe, Joel Broveleit, and Jeffery Litterick. This week's topics included the Supreme Court ruling on Aereo, the rise of online and video streaming, and Iphone 6 rumors. They also take time to answer some listener questions and discuss the prospects of Amazon's new Fire Phone.

Rapid City Police Chief To Retire

May 21, 2014

Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender is set to retire on May 30.  He was hired as a patrol officer in May, 1985.  Mayor Alan Hanks appointed Allender to Chief of Police in July, 2007.  Allender joined guest host Cara Hetland to talk about his career with the Rapid City Police Department and share stories from his 29-year career.

First Graduates Of New Technology High School

May 16, 2014

New Technology High School graduates its first class of students this weekend.  Innovation host Cara Hetland spent an hour visiting with students and faculty about the past four years and the new style of teaching.  Guests included Principal Dolly Ellwein, counselor Vickie Donohoe, Spanish 1 teacher Chris Coughlin, administrative intern Heidi Jorgenson and seniors Leah Bernard, Wes Rasmusson, Max Rysdon and Mina Big Eagle.

Servers Still Vulnerable To Heartbleed

May 9, 2014

The Computer Guys - Kent Osborne, Joel Broveleit, Amos Aesoph and Jeff Litterick - discuss the latest news in technology. Topics discussed included Apple making Dr. Dre a billionaire, 300,000 servers still vulnerable to Heartbleed after one month and consumer protection and regulation in a Kickstarter world.

Finding Tech Jobs In SD And Aereo Skepticism

Apr 25, 2014

The Computer Guys - Kent Osborne, Joel Broveleit, John T. Meyer and Jeff Litterick - discussed the latest in tech news. Topics included finding tech jobs in South Dakota, the FCC and net neutrality, the Google Plus fiasco and the Supreme Court expressing skepticism on Aereo.

Farmers And Soil

Apr 18, 2014

Jeff Hemenway, Soil Quality Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Paul Hetland, a farmer in Mitchell, joined the program to discuss the science and technology with what farmers will do with soil to make it more productive.

Refurbishing B-1 Bombers

Apr 7, 2014

Last month the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Ellsworth Air Force Base signed an agreement formalizing a relationship for collaborative projects such as the application of a revolutionary research technology to refurbish aging bombers. The university's partnership with Ellsworth has already helped return four B-1s to service and could save the military millions of dollars.

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