TechTeams

TechTeams is our first year mentorship program and an integral part of helping students transition in to SIAT. Our mentors, with the support of our academic advising team, provides first year students with the opportunity to participate in the university community by offering weekly workshops that cover different aspects of university life such as:

  • What to expect in your first year
  • Information about co-op
  • Insights from senior students
  • Learning about campus resources
  • Help with course planning

TechTeams offers a relaxing and fun environment and is an opportunity to meet fellow students. We look forward to seeing you there.

Meet your TechTeams mentors starting in Fall 2020

Grace

Transiting into university was overwhelming when I was in first year. But, by going to TechTeams meetings, I was able to connect with other fellow SIAT students, figure out my courses, and find out different event/club opportunities. Plus, since I pushed myself out of my comfort zone by taking on several freelancing positions and graphic designer club positions, I was able to learn from my members, figure out my weakness, and grow my skills. I still have a lot to learn but I’m excited to share my experiences and connect with you. Fun fact about me is that I am half Chinese and half Vietnamese but I have lived in 5 countries: America, Australia, Vietnam, France, and Canada.

 

Amena

Hey y’all my name is Amena (pronounced am-na, the ‘e’ is just decorative), I am a third year SIAT student and will be your TechTeams Leader for this upcoming year. I was a TechTeams leader last year too and really enjoyed getting to know everyone so I’m excited to meet you all! I came into this program knowing absolutely zero, so I really enjoy being able to pass on all the wisdom I have gained. A little about me I also am the IAT Student Union’s Director of Event and I love reading, watching tv (especially cartoons and anime), Big Time Rush, and playing Pokemon Go.

 

Firm

Hi everyone! My name is Firm and I am a second-year SIAT student and also your TechTeam leader! I am an international student from Thailand and moved here in high school. I am always passionate to help you guys transition into this new environment, and especially with this new condition that we have to work with. I am very excited to meet every one of you and learn more about your interests! I always love drawing and painting, but I want to learn more about graphic design. Fun fact about me, I am also a Youtube creator (a few of you guys found me through Youtube, surprisingly).

TechTeams Fall 2020 Schedule

Zoom link (recurring): https://sfu.zoom.us/j/91095482931?pwd=UC9CY2hLdkpDMmZ5Z2cwVHdHYWkrQT09
Meeting ID: 910 9548 2931
Password: 521359

Dates: Most Wednesdays throughout the Fall semester (see below).
Time: 12:30-1:20pm, unless otherwise noted

The current plan is listed below but it could change slightly depending on the needs of you and your classmates. Stay tuned for updates as we go through the semester.

Date Time Topic
September 9th               2:30-3:20pm   

Financial Aid Awards

Learn more about scholarships, bursaries and student loans during this informative session.

September 16th  12:30-1:20pm

Welcome!

This will be our first "official" TechTeams session but we were so excited to get the Financial Aid and Awards information to you, we added it during the first week of classes!

In this session, you will learn more about your TechTeam Leaders as well as find out about some of the online resources available to you. You will also get a chance to meet other SIAT students and talk about what happened during your first week of classes. 

September 23rd  12:30-1:20pm

Student Learning Commons

During this session, we will hear study tips and challenges to be aware of while learning remotely. 

September 30th  12:30-1:20pm

Teamwork Design Challenge

This is your will be your first official TechTeams Design Challenge...these sessions are always fun and interactive! 

October 7th  12:30-1:20pm

TechTeams Clubs Day

Learn more about Clubs that SIAT students join. We will hear from multiple student speakers about how you can gain valuable experience and make new friends by joining clubs!

October 14th 12:30-1:20pm

Health and Counselling

Hear from one of SFU's Health Promotion Strategist and learn about the Wellness Wheel and mental health resources available for students. 

October 21st  

No session

We'll take a break this week so you have a little more time to work on projects or study for midterms! 

October 28th 12:30-1:20pm

Spring Course Planning

Can you believe it, by this time, you'll be getting ready to plan for the Spring 2021 semester! Attend this session to learn about SIAT program requirements and what your second semester might look like.

November 4th 12:30-1:20pm

Fun Session

We know you'll be working hard and learning lots and sometimes we just have to have some fun! We'll give you some more details as we get closer to this time. 

November 11th    Remembrance Day (no session)
November 18th  12:30-1:20pm

SIAT Co-op and Career & Volunteer Services

Learn more about the process of joining co-op and how to start preparing for co-op as a new student! You will also find out about how Career and Volunteer Services can help you throughout your time at SFU. 

November 25th 12:30-1:20pm

SIAT Mini Showcase

Media Arts, Design, Interactive Systems...what exactly are SIAT concentrations all about? Come to this session to see some projects that students work on in upper years and learn more about SIAT concentrations. 

This will likely be our last session as you will be busy with final projects!