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, provide 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 for Fall 2021

Sabrina

Hi everyone, my name is Sabrina (she/her)! I’m a second-year BSc SIAT student and I’ll be one of your TechTeam leaders for the upcoming year! I get how overwhelming first-year can be. I honestly knew nothing when going into my first year, so I’m really excited to share my insights and help ease your transition into SIAT. I can’t wait to meet every one of you and hear about your passions! Some little things about me: I enjoy snowboarding and volleyball, looking at architecture designs, learning new languages, and going out with friends especially to eat. See you all in the fall!

Nathan

Hi all! My name is Nathan and I'm a second-year SIAT student who'll be one of your TechTeams leaders. For me, starting my journey at SFU online was quite daunting since I wasn't sure how everything would play out. Thankfully, attending TechTeams helped me with meeting others who were also feeling the same way and taught me what I should expect about navigating through my degree. On the side, I love learning about design however I can whether it's creating content for the tech engagement club, SFU Surge, or exploring the internet for cool fonts, visual interactions and compositions. I love bubble tea (especially with brown sugar) but my quarantine hobbies have included baking and watching anime while eating mazesoba or Korean fried chicken.

TechTeams Fall 2021 Schedule

Zoom link: https://sfu.zoom.us/j/65217878943?pwd=WnZRbDVxbEowNE1Mbk9RSDU5bXdpdz09
Meeting ID: 652 1787 8943
Password: 545585

Date Time Topic
TBD 10:30-12:30

Financial Aid & Awards

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

Monday, September 13 10:30-12:30

Welcome!

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.

Monday, September 20 10:30-12:30

Student Learning Commons

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

Monday, September 27 10:30-12:30 Teamwork Design Challenge!
Monday, October 4 10:30-12:30

Health and Counselling

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

Monday, October 11 10:30-12:30

No session

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

Monday, October 18 10:30-12:30

TechTeams Clubs Day + Exchange/Field School

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

Monday, October 25 10:30-12:30

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.

Monday, November 1 10:30-12:30

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.

Monday, November 8 10:30-12:30

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.

Monday, November 15 10:30-12:30 TBD
Monday, November 22 10:30-12:30

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!