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Thompson Junior High Students Present Tech Project in Springfield

May 11, 2015 04:53PM ● By Steven Jack

Justin Bensinger and Robert McDonald are picture here with Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

The annual TECH 2015 Students for the Information Age event was held on Thursday, May 7, at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield. Sixty-six schools were represented from throughout the state. 

Students were able to show the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement. Student demonstrations were viewed in the Capitol Building Rotunda. They demonstrated how technology has helped them with their schoolwork and piqued interest in technology career fields.

Taking part in the demonstrations locally were Thompson Junior High Digital Multimedia students that will be discussing basic learning of code in video game design. Students created their own video games. Part of this process is getting error messages. The error messages detail the line of code where the error may be occurring. Students needed to correct these errors in order to have a working video game for others to play.

Two students were selected to present video games that they designed. Justin Bensinger and Robert McDonald created two types of games that allowed visitors to our table to see how code showed errors in the game. Justin and Robert then explained how they used these lines of code to fix errors and have a game that allowed for uninterrupted play. The demonstration to the public was very popular.

Justin and Robert were impressed and thankful for the opportunity to meet with Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (49th Senate District) and Senator Jim Oberweis (25th Senate District) and discuss how they were using technology in class and how it can help them in the future. 

The purpose of TECH 2015 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 were to demonstrate, for lawmakers and the public, the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois school today.

TECH 2015 is a not-for-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), and is supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Corporate Platinum Plus partners are CDW-G and Comcast Business.