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Newspapers across the state of Illinois have printed or posted news articles with information about the student/teacher teams that participated in the TECH 2017 and previous TECH 20XX events. Here are brief summaries of the articles with links to the full articles on the newspaper websites:
- Riverview Elementary Students to Present High Tech Projects at State Capitol
Students in Mrs. Meir's 4th-grade class create high-techbook reports. After reading "The Red Pyramid", they use technology to showcase their research of Egyptian history. Read the complete article.
- Carpenter third-graders show off STEM skills in Springfield
Two Carpenter School third-graders traveled to Springfield last week to show off their science, technology, engineering and math skills to state lawmakers, teachers and students from schools across Illinois. Read the complete article.
- Prairiewood Elementary School students travel to Springfield for TECH 2017 conference
Prairiewood Elementary School students had a chance to show off their research in Springfield this week. Read the complete article.
- T.F. North group to present at state tech conference
Sophomores Axel Flores and Alanna Elmore, junior Kevon Hampton and teacher Emily Biegel will present “Using Blogging and Social Media to Enhance your Coding Curriculum: Prepare students for college and careers while meeting reading and writing standards.” Read the complete article.
- Grayslake Middle School to Participate in Annual Tech 2017 Event
The annual “Students for the Information Age” TECH 2017 event will be held at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield where hundreds of students and teachers will represent schools from throughout the state. Read the complete article.
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