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North Elementary School 5th-graders to present at Springfield tech event

At Illinois State Capitol presentations, Crystal Lake District 47 students will use robots

CRYSTAL LAKE – 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.

From Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47, fifth-graders Madeleine Bartmess, Stephanie Gonzalez and Grace Moore will make a presentation for lawmakers on the rigors of meeting new Illinois learning standards using VEX IQ Robotics Kits, according to a district news release.

Students will discuss how they work through the engineering design process to build and program robots, which then can solve “authentic, real-world problems,” district officials said, adding skills in critical thinking, collaboration and communication also are developed.

A not-for-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators, TECH 2016 is held each year to raise awareness of the role technology plays in preparing students to succeed, as well as to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology, the release said.

TECH 2016 is supported by a variety of education and business organizations.

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