Two teams of Cary School District 26 students will participate in the Tech 2019 “Students for the Information Age” event, where, along with hundreds of students from across the state, they will demonstrate their innovative use of technology and how it enhanced their learning.
The purpose of the Tech 2019 event is to raise awareness of the role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology.
At the Tech 2019 event, District 26 students will present their projects to the public and members of the state Senate and House of Representatives, including state Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, and Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills.
Three Oaks Elementary School fifth-graders Gavin Forstrom, Jacob Gaudio, Taylor Hamann and Bryce Nordegren will share how they used iPads, the Tinkercad design tool and a 3D printer to collaboratively research, design and create a tray for their wheelchair-bound peer. The multipurpose tray will serve as a lunch tray and writing board. Cary Junior High School seventh-graders Drew Dimino, Derek Passaglia, Logan Ragland and PJ Weaver will share how they used the design thinking process to create Battle Bots.
Students learned how to code, which they used to drive Sphero robots during battles. Students then applied this new knowledge to work on designing prosthetics. In both projects, students learned how to use the design process to plan, create and evaluate their products while honing their problem-solving and technical skills.
“It is so important to create opportunities for students to develop these skills in order to meet the contemporary needs of 21st century business and industry,” said Lynn Swanson, instructional technology coordinator for District 26. “We are excited to be participating in Tech 2019 so that our students can share about the important role technology plays in their education.”