GET HIP Update for 9.24.16

Hello everyone!

First of all, I just want to say GREAT JOB to all of our wonderful students! It was awesome to get to meet you all on Saturday (or see you again if you’re a returning student), and I think this is going to be the best group we’ve had yet for GET HIP.


Second, we have some housekeeping business we need to take care of. is where we’ll be handling assignments, profile information, and attendance. You’ll need to update your own attendance each week by going to the “All Profiles” page, clicking your name, and clicking “Edit Attendance.” You might also notice there is an assignments tab at the top of Managr. This is where descriptions and directions for all of your assignments (including blog posts) will be posted. Currently, there are 4 assignments in there. The first is to make sure you have all the software you need. The second is the coding assignment for this week. The third is to start a blog. You should update your blog link on your profile. The last is to make your first blog post!


Third, please go ahead and join our Facebook group! You can find it here.


Next, we want to address the feedback and questions from the first day.
We had someone ask about when we’ll be starting group work. We’ll give you more details about this on Saturday, but we will be forming groups in week 6, and you’ll be working with that group until the end of GET HIP.


We also had someone ask about learning more CSS. We aren’t going to specifically teach more CSS this fall, but you will have opportunities to practice it through your homework assignments. If you want to learn more about it on your own, W3Schools has some great resources, and I’m sure you can find more online.


Some of you didn’t quite understand the switch case in Javascript. Here is a tutorial for that.


There was a question about what other languages we would be using. For GET HIP, we will only be using Javascript, HTML, and CSS, though later on, we’ll be using the Meteor framework for Javascript, so you will get a chance to learn more skillz.


GET HIP meets 5 more times this fall: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/29, and 11/5.


If you have any questions this week, please feel free to contact any of the instructors. We’ll be having help sessions throughout the week at the following days and times. Click the link to get to the Google Hangout, and then click “Join” when the meeting is available.


If you need help outside of these sessions or have any other questions, email us:


The slides from each week can be found here. Click the presentation you want, then click download to access them.


Finally, from now on, these blog post updates from me are only going to be posted on!


Have a great week, and we’ll see you all back on Saturday!



D) Fries

GET HIP UPDATE – Teams have been formed!

Congratulation Hipsters!  The presentations are complete and teams have now been formed.  If you haven’t gotten notification from your team yet, please reach out to your lead for instructions.  We are excited about the next 4 weeks.  They will go very quickly.  Here is the list:

Peer Marked – Logan
Matt Meacham
Jared Bledsoe
Ben Wingerter
Cate Longo

Christmas Tree Rental – Hannah
Eddie Yuan
Mary Clare Rogers
Thomas Gerot
Ed Torres

Budgetr – Melanie
Rohan Thakker
Dash Wedergren
Harley Waldstein
Kate Gerot

Wall – Zach
Jason Huang
Taylor McHugh
Gabi Jaspar
Martin Simonini
Spencer Nussrallah

Tutor Exchange – James
Jacob Gideon
Kevin Lin
Emily Zhang
Kristin Goertz

Your homework this week is to make contact with the team and get your assignment.  See you Saturday!


GET HIP UPDATE for 1/7/2016

Happy New Year Team!  We will be glad to have you back on Campus the last Saturday in Jan.  I hope you all had a good Christmas and have been working on your project.  If not, time is growing short.

Here is what you need before Jan 30, 2016

Review the Project Requirement found at

Create a post on your site that you will use for your presentation.  (Remember, the presentations are 3 to 5 minutes in length).

  1. In your post, have the link to your code (you should have some code) in GIT
  2. In your post have and mock ups, slides, videos or anything else that supports your efforts to have your project selected.  Be creative because you will use your post in the presentation.
  3. Email me BEFORE January 28th to let him know the post is ready.

That’s it.  If you have questions, please email me as soon as possible.

We have a fun spring planned for you and look forward to having you back!


GET HIP Update for 11/12/2015

Hey Gang!

Welcome to the Winter Project Phase.  I know you have been thinking about what you are going to do and now is the time to get planning!  The weeks will turn into months and soon it will be January 30th!  Let’s get rolling now.  Here is your assignment for the month.

  1. In two sentences, describe your project.  Melanie has posted the requirement a previous post.  That should get you started.
  2. Post it to your blog.
  3. Send me an email (jim_collison@gallup,com) and let me know it’s complete.
  4. Deadline is 11/30/2015

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the short break from school.


Project Requirements

Hello everyone!

As we go into the winter, keep in mind you’ll be presenting your project when we come back in January! I’ll be sending out some presentation tips closer to that day, and we’ll be setting up Skype calls, so if you have questions during the week, you can call into those. Emails are always a great option as well. The project requirements can be found here: GetHip Class Project. Make sure you don’t put this off until the last minute!

Have a great winter!

Raikes School Visit

Hello everyone!

I spoke with Anna Pressler, Director of Recruiting and Student Success at the Raikes School, who you met last week, and she suggested if you want to visit the Raikes School, you all set up individual meetings. This will enable you to have separate academic appointments throughout the day with the college you are interested in, whether that’s the College of Arts & Sciences for Computer Science, the College of Business Administration for Actuarial Science or other business majors, or the College of Engineering for Computer Engineering or other engineering majors. You’ll get more of a feel for what your curriculum would be like, and it will help you see what your story might look like here at UNL and in the Raikes School.

I suggest you set up your visit for either November 6 or November 9, so at the end of your campus visit, you all end up in Kauffman at the Raikes School at the same time. This site has more information about setting up a visit, and make sure you mention you also want to visit the Raikes School. This is not just for seniors, anyone is welcome to set up a visit, but freshmen and sophomores, you still have some time.

Here is more information about the Raikes School for anyone who didn’t see it already:

GET HIP Update for 10/17/2015

Many of you were out this week with College visits and it was great to see your selfies on Facebook.  Don’t forget, when you miss class, post a selfie of where you are if you are on FB.  It’s fun!  Thanks

REMEMBER, there is no class on 10/24.  We are back together again on 10/31.  Jodi wants costumes.  They are not required.

Homework for the long break. Due 10/19/2015

  1. Post your blog url to the comments below ON THIS SITE.  Format is [Name] /
  2. Set a reminder to come back on Wednesday and view the other class blogs.
  3. A minimum of paragraph on what you learned in Week #4 posted to your blog.  If you are in Hannah’s class, I would love to see some visual examples.  Zach’s class should include code examples.  Be original.
  4. Have a good weekend off and be productive.  We will see you back on the 31st.


GET HIP Update for 10/10/2015

Great job everyone!  You guys are doing great.  I will not be in class with you on Saturday!  A selfie will be taken from my traveling location.  Remember, if you miss, you need to take a selfie from were you are and post it to the Facebook group.  Thanks

I am still missing blogs from some of you.  You can catch them up.  Here is who I am missing:

Anthony Wood
Cameron Hickey
Gabi Jaapar
Jonny Baker
Katie Gerot
Theresa Bracht

There were many of you who were late.  Remember, it needs to have Monday’s date in the post for it to considered on time.  This week is a chance to get them all on time!

Here is the homework:

  1.  Review the videos that were posted in the comments of last weeks blog post.  There might be some new material that you have never seen before.  Learn something new.
  2. For your 3rd blog post, update me with what you learned this week. I would like a sample of code as well as a full paragraph.  Also tell me if you can use your new skills in school yet.  If so, how are you using them.  If not, how could you?
  3. Share your post with a friend, family member, teacher or anyone you desire.  Ask them to leave a comment.  Extra credit if they do.  Some of you will need this extra credit for sure.

Have a great week.  I will see you back next Saturday!