Illinois Computing Educators invites you to come visit the student demonstrations at our 29th Annual student technology showcase on May 7, 2019. TECH 2019 is a one-day event held in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield allowing legislators, policy makers and other citizens to see first-hand how technology is used in classrooms across Illinois.

115 teams of K-12 students and teachers representing schools from around the state will demonstrate engaging projects that utilize 3D printers, video, graphic design, robotics, animation and more. Legislators are invited to attend the event to see first-hand the importance of technology in education today and to interact with students and their teachers. See a copy of the TECH 2019 program book here.

This year we are adding a new element to the day’s events. A TECH Talk assembly between sessions will allow all attendees to hear from legislators and young innovators like themselves who will inspire the students with what they have learned in the classroom and how they utilize that to influence change outside the classroom.

This year we welcome the following speakers to our inaugural TECH Talk:

Bill Cunningham – Democratic Illinois State Senator
Lori Sorenson – Chief Technology Officer at State of Illinois, Dept of Innovation & Technology

Nate Butkus – Hosted by third grader Nate Butkus, The Show About Science is an awesome adventure into the wondrous world of scientific research and discovery! Nate started his podcast just before entering kindergarten with an approach to interviewing that's been described as "explain it to me like I'm a 5 year old" made literal (but now with an 8 year old twist). Each episode is filled with fascinating information from scientists and educators around the globe. Together, Nate and his guests explore everything from chemistry to climate change, evolution to extraterrestrials, and human brains to bat biology.

Steve Douglass – Steve Douglass is a Communications teacher at Lake Forest High School. Steve took the process he learned from ESPN into the classroom through the lens of media literacy to help students share their unique voice through video production. He’ll share the refined story structure and steps to make videos that resonate with an intended audience.

Mitchell Brown – Mitchell Brown is a Junior at Carmel Catholic High School. Together with Scotty V, Mitchell co-founded Clean Minecraft Videos and Minecraft Mania. Founding two businesses at a young age earned him tremendous opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals as well as present on business development and the adventures of youth entrepreneurship.

Scotty Vrablik – Scotty is also a Junior student at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, IL as well as the Co-Founder of Clean Minecraft Videos and Minecraft Mania. Throughout the last several years of managing emerging enterprises, Scotty has received invaluable exposure and experience to the real, functioning world of business at a young age.

Check back here for updated information about TECH 2019.