Students from Fairview Elementary School and Jefferson Middle School will present their classroom technology projects to policymakers, business leaders and the community on Thursday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Illinois State Capitol at the TECH 2015 event, an initiative of Illinois Computing Educators.
Jefferson eighth graders Jordan Jones and Andrew Stroh, sixth grader Isabella Walden and Project Lead the Way teacher Stephanie McCorkle will also give a presentation for members of the Illinois State Senate, House of Representatives and public citizens on how the use of technology in their Project Lead the Way classes have contributed to student achievement. The courses include Design and Modeling and Automation and Robotics. This is the second year Jefferson has participated.
Fifth grade teacher Nicolette Harris will accompany students from Fairview. This is Fairview’s first time participating.
“Mrs. Harris integrates technology daily to provide engaging lessons and creates an environment where students' confidence, technology skills and the love of learning are fostered,” said Patricia Nikson, principal at Fairview.
TECH 2015 is a not-for-profit initiative supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Its purpose is two-fold: 1) to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world; and 2) to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology.