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D135 to participate in TECH 2017

Orland School District is excited to participate in the annual TECH 2017 Technology Demonstration at the Illinois State Capitol May 9, 2017. Century Junior High, Meadow Ridge & Liberty schools will be showcased.


The 26th Annual TECH 2017 Students for the Information Age event will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 9:30am-11:30am and from 1pm-3pm at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield. Nearly 100 schools will be represented from throughout the state of Illinois.


At the event, students will show the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement. Student demonstrations may be viewed in the Capitol Building Rotunda.


From Century Junior High, Kim DeVries and her students Emma Landsly and Moe Qasim, with the assistance of Amy Hamernick and Dr. Brian Horn, will be showcasing their final project from Genius Hour.   This will include a website to promote healthy eating that specializes in desserts and showing how 3-D printers can be used in schools.


Michelle Thorne and her students Aya Askar and Gregory Kotsiviras from Liberty School will demonstrate how they have learned to code robotics to complete computer science challenges in the classroom.  This project was done with the help of an ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) Illinois grant.  


Additionally, Kara McFarlin and her students Juliana Paddock and Carson Banker from Meadow Ridge School will showcase their 3D landmarks project.  Students used, a 3D computer drafting site, to design their chosen landmark.  Mrs. McFarlin selected projects from each class to print using the school’s MakerBot 3D printer.


The purpose of the TECH 2017 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. Students will demonstrate for lawmakers and the public the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate students achievement in Illinois schools today.


Orland School District 135 is excited and proud to take part in TECH 2017.  

 Student with 3D printer Intermediate student with TECH project Student holding 3D project Liberty student with TECH project