New Tech Now

Providing access to Equipment and Training necessary to acquire New Tech Skills.

Technology workshops for low-income and at-risk youth to reduce the digital divide and expand career opportunities. 

CAD Design on a computer screen

Become an expert

New Tech Now offers equipment and training programs of all skill levels. We serve veterans, seniors, teachers, and students.

Our programs are designed to improve socialization, brain stimulation, engagement, hand-eye coordination, self-confidence, self-satisfaction, and purpose. 

We offer workshops and online lessons that teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Math.

Our Mobile Makerspace STE²AM Engine is Coming Soon.

If you need on-demand or in-person access to new technology we can provide all skill levels with basic training to 3D design, coding, virtual, and augmented reality.

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Online Learning

Our simplified online 3D lessons provide entry to the exciting world of New Tech Now.

Young Learners, Educators, Seniors, and Veterans have reviewed our lessons as “simple, quick, and practical,” while “making learning fun” and “easy to complete.”

 

Inspiring and Exciting Hands-On Learning

New Tech Now will be providing on-site learning with our Mobile MakerSpace STE²AM Engine. This is a free service in Alachua County thanks to the Children’s Trust of Alachua Co.

We advocate for universal access to new tech equipment assisting organizations and institutions to find creative ways to obtain the tools necessary for student and educator success.

In Alachua County, Florida we will soon provide direct hands-on learning to children, 6-18 years old, by delivering experiences online and on-site to organizations. 

 

 

Our Story

New Tech Now began as a grassroots organization offering workshops to students, teachers, veterans, and seniors interested in learning skills that would provide them with an understanding of emerging technologies. We saw a need within our community to offer access to advanced tools within schools to prepare students for future job skills. We began making 3D printers, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) training, and VR/AR software accessible to teachers and students to encourage innovation at a young age. At the time, our founder Joyce Peppel was caring for her disabled husband. She was spending long hours in rehabilitation and veteran facilities. She observed a strong need for seniors and veterans to learn new skills as they age. She thought…wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could leverage the talent, skills, and experience of our seniors and veterans with computer savvy youth?

In August 2017 we incorporated as a non-profit and became a 501(c) by December of that same year. Our mission is to bring people together to improve their lives through technology. This encompasses building new skills, making products that will improve lives, creating businesses, providing purpose, or simply providing a resource for educators that are struggling to give their students the tools they need to prepare for the future. We are very proud of the work we have accomplished this far and looking forward to continuing our mission nationwide.

 

Meet our Team

Merrie Lynn Parker

Merrie Lynn Parker

President

A 35-year career educator, with her BS and MA degrees from UF and Ed.D from USF, Dr. Merrie Lynn Parker was a high school teacher and assistant principal. She was Executive Director of a State and regional district collaborative for educational leadership development. Dr. Parker retired from her last position as a district executive director of academics. She attempts to stay current on new technology with the help of her eight grandchildren.
Roy “Arron” Parker, DMD

Roy “Arron” Parker, DMD

Board Member

A practicing general dentist in Bradenton, Florida. He treats patients for both dental concerns and sleep-disordered breathing incorporating many cutting edge technologies in providing ideal individualized care to his patients, treatment planning and communicating with other doctors, and presenting concerns to the patient. Dr. Parker has five school-aged children and with the help of his wife, Jennifer, stays current with classroom and virtual experiences that engage them in recognizing the necessity and value of utilizing a variety of technologies.

Joyce Peppel

Joyce Peppel

Secretary/Treasurer

Joyce Peppel, Secretary-Treasurer of New Tech Now is a long-time resident of Gainesville, Florida. She has over 50 years of experience managing several successful businesses and is a top producer in commercial real-estate. Her expertise is in sales, finance, operations, mergers, and acquisitions. She is one of the original founders of New Tech Now. After caring for her disabled husband, who served in the Army, she saw a need for technology training that could assist veterans, seniors and underserved children. She established the non-profit to open new doors for people that had limited access to emerging technology.

Susan E. Garrott

Susan E. Garrott

Board Member

A retired honors English teacher of Manatee High School.  She was an early adopter of all new technology, bringing various computing tools into her classroom.  She is also an eager adult learning, taking advantage of many professional development opportunities especially in technology and teacher leadership. With eight grandchildren, she stays current with classroom experiences and has an avid interest in technology applications.

Janalyn Peppel

Janalyn Peppel

Program Coordinator

A graphic designer and entrepreneur from Gainesville with a degree from the University of Florida in Mass Communication. She has been fascinated by 3D modeling for over 20 years. Once 3D printing and VR became accessible to consumers she began using them as an art tool to teach all skill levels how to MAKE ANYTHING!

Thank you to our generous supporters