Code Camp

Competing At Southern Utah Code Camp #bringyourgenius

For those who don’t know, Code Camp is an event held in St. George, Utah, in which programmers and designers work for 24 hours on a small project.

After the event is over, the projects are judged.

For my project, I worked with Eric Ostrom on integrating busybusy’s time keeping API (where I work) with Slack, which is a very popular chat client.

This allows you to clock in and out, where the data is used later to determine payroll, total hours worked, etc.

To be clear, most of the logic has been worked on by busybusy; we just connected to it.

Overall the project worked, but there were quite a few kinks due to Slack’s API being total crap.

But we had fun and were able to continuously program for 21 hours, so I’m satisfied.

–Dylan, TFL student

TFL students compete at Southern Utah Code Camp 2017
TFL students at Southern Utah Code Camp 2017
Southern Utah Code Camp 2017
TFL Students at Southern Utah Code Camp
TFL student competing at Southern Utah Code Camp 2017
TFL competes at Code Camp 2017
TFL student Amber at Southern Utah Code Camp 2017
Southern Utah Code Camp 2017
Life Skills Class-Feel

Life Skills Class- How To Get A Life…And Feel Amazing!

In our Thursday Life Skills class, we’ve been focusing quite a bit on feelings.

  1. WHAT IS A FEELING?- A feeling is a chemical reaction in our brains that sends a vibration to our bodies. Sometimes the brain creates a chemical that feels good and sometimes it send one that doesn’t feel very good. For example, a nervous feeling is often described as a feeling of butterflies in our stomach or as sweaty palms. It’s important to remember that a feeling can never actually hurt us.
  2. AUTO/PILOT- Our brains like to be efficient. They like things to be familiar because it saves energy. It also gives our brains a sense that it can predict the future, have more control and be safe. For example, when we drive the same path to work we don’t have to think very much about it, but when we go a different unfamiliar way we have to concentrate and our brains don’t know what to expect.
  3. CONTROLLING THE EXTERNAL WORLD- Many of us try to feel better by controlling our circumstances that are often completely out of our control. Our brain naturally wants our outside circumstances to change so it doesn’t have to change.
  4. FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE- To create a life we want we must get out of our efficient brain mode and be willing to feel uncomfortable, awkward, nervous, afraid, etc.
  5. FEEL AMAZING- To feel amazing we must be willing to feel uncomfortable long enough to create new brain pathways or new “coding” until that is the new norm and the new comfortable.

True fulfillment and confidence comes from overcoming challenges, learning and progressing.

We can stay miserably comfortable or we can step into the discomfort to progress.

Our ability to grow and develop is directly proportional to our willingness to feel uncomfortable.

—Debbie, TFL Admissions & Marketing Director

horeseback riding

Horseback Riding- Student Overnight Trip

A few weeks ago we went on a horseback riding trip.

It was a really fun trip.

We got to see some interesting things including dinosaur tracks and coyote jawbones.

It got really cold at night, however, which was pretty rough.

I learned a lot about horses and would love to do it again sometime, minus the sleeping on the ground in the cold.

— Joseph, TFL Student

Thanks, Justin, at Old West Outfitters for providing such an amazing experience for our students!

horeseback riding
Dav Graduated to Phase Two

Congratulations To TFL Student Dave On His Advancement To Phase Two

TFL would like to congratulate Dave for his advancement from Phase Two!

Dave went up for vote and was unanimously sustained.

Here are some of the requirements students need to accomplish to go up for advancement from Phase Two:

  • Student is actively participating at TFL in all ways they are asked.
  • Student is fulfilling their responsibilities on the student committee and had this signed off by their TFL representative.
  • Student is consistently on time to 90% or more of classes.
  • Has good hygiene to be ready for a job; including hair and facial hair trimmed, washed, and neat, nails cut and clean, face washed so not greasy in appearance and clothes kept clean, unwrinkled (Hang them up!) and changed daily.
  • Allows themselves to be mentored and chooses to utilize others to receive feedback and support.
  • Takes initiative to be involved with and learn from Life skills classes, and has completed Life Skills class work when assigned.

—Kristin, TFL Program Director


TechieForLife Students Fun At Corn Maze For Halloween

Halloween at the corn maze!!

It doesn’t get better then this!

A group of us went to the haunted corn maze for Halloween and got our pants SCARED off!!!

It was so much fun walking through the corn maze as each of us got scared at different points!

We walked through parts that made a dizzy, crawl on our hands and knees but in the end we all made it out laughing and having a good time! 🙂  —Brittani, TFL Mentor

Wildlife Museum

TechieForLife Students Visit The Wildlife Museum

TechieForLife students plan their activities…

Recently, we took a trip to the local wildlife museum.

It consisted mainly of themed exhibits featuring taxidermied animals in lifelike mock-ups of their habitats.

Since Cam brought his kids with us, I mainly spent the time showing his baby son the various exhibits.

Notably, they had a children’s room that included a taxidermied polar bear that you were free to touch.

Overall, I would recommend the place for visiting families and their kids.  —Dylan, TFL student