Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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Press Coverage

Newspapers across the state of Illinois have printed or posted news articles with information about the student/teacher teams that participated in the TECH 2016 and previous TECH 20XX events. Here are brief summaries of the articles with links to the full articles on the newspaper web sites:

  • Sacred Heart School Students Speak with State Sen. Chris Nybo at TECH 2016
    Sacred Heart School sent three students to the TECH 2016 Conference on May 10 at the State Capitol Building in Springfield. Sacred Heart was the only Catholic school in the diocese selected to attend. This is the 25th year of the event, and it was the school’s first time to participate. Read the complete article.

  • TECH 2016: Yes, Even Kindergarten Can Do It!
    If you have any doubts about the importance of classroom technology, you should have seen the pride and accomplishment of every student who participated in TECH 2016. More than 100 Illinois schools participated in Tech 2016, a not-for-profit initiative sponsored by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), and supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Read the complete article.

  • North Elementary School 5th-graders to present at Springfield tech event
    A group of North Elementary students will give demonstrations of their work with robots at an upcoming event at the Illinois State Capitol. The 25th annual TECH 2016 “Students for the Information Age” event will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m and from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Capitol and will feature more than 100 students from throughout the state. Read the complete article.

  • From the community: TECH2016
    Taking part in the demonstrations locally from 1:00 to 3:00pm are 4th grade students Christina Schierhorn and Max Stankoskey with Lowell teacher Carmen MacDonald and Bolingbrook High School teacher Matthew MacDonald. They will be demonstrating the magic of Osmo which is an interactive system used with the iPad that engages students in areas of Math, ELA, STEM activities and fosters the imagination of students. Read the complete article.

Testimonials

Each year, we hear back from participants who tell us how much they enjoyed the experience in Springfield. Here are a few testimonials from participants from past events:

  • "These kids were fearless and they did such a wonderful job interviewing different people with different perspectives on being at the Capitol Building. Sometimes it is hard to believe they are only 5th graders!  The ICE committee and its members did an outstanding job organizing and running the event. Thank you to all of them." - Ramona Towner, Instructional Coach, Berwyn SD 100
  • My students and I had a fabulous time.  It was one of the best experiences of my teaching career and my students agreed that It was a great experience for them.  I was extremely proud of how they interacted with everyone that stopped by our demonstration.  Thanks again, it was truly a memorable experience." - Dr. Nancy Blechle, Pinckneyville High School
  • "Just wanted to tell you THANK YOU for everything you and the rest of the Committee did to organize and arrange for TECH 2012.  As always, it was so well organized and ran so smoothly from a participant's viewpoint... I am sure that we have no idea of all the work that went into this event.  However, I did want to tell you thank you .... it was most appreciated."  - Mary Iffert, Jefferson School, Wheaton
  • "Just wanted to thank YOU for a great event.  This year was even BETTER than last year!  The project was wonderful for my students to develop, but it was the social interactions and connections they made in Springfield that threw us over the top. We had a surprise visit from Thomas Morrison who informed us that the district is being redrawn and that he will have a "slice" of our area.  He gave us a private tour of the chambers and the kids sat in his chair to "vote."  Senator Matt Murphy was the first to visit at 1pm sharp.  My youngest student was selected to introduce our group to him.  She was jumping up and down when she saw him, and he commented that, "My wife doesn't even greet me like that after work!" Representative David Harris patiently waited for us to finish our tour in the chambers and stayed to speak with each of my students until 3 pm.  Representative Mathias sent his aide to discuss the project with us, as he was working in our District (3 hours away).  It was so kind of him to worry about seeing us while working in another location. Lastly, our Principal drove the 3.5 hours by herself to spend some time with us--she ended up staying the full 3 hours we were there and then drove back to Arlington for a school fundraiser in the evening.  WOW!!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for this event.  It's not often enough that my students are treated like rock stars."  - Laura Ward, Windsor Elementary School, Arlington Heights