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Homewood District 153 presenters at TECH 2015
in Springfield will be (from left) teacher Cherylyn
Pesina and students Megan Bolling, Olin Ortiz
and Mikayoa Wiggins.
(Photo by
Marilyn Thomas/The Chronicle)


James Hart Junior High students from Homewood District 153 will show off their technology skills when they participate in the TECH 2015 Students for the Information Age event at the Illinois State Capitol.

Teacher Cherylyn Pesina, director of the school’s Media Center, nominated students who will demonstrate for members of the Illinois House and Senate how technology used in classrooms helps increase student engagement and improve achievement. 

Student participants at the Capitol Rotunda on May 7 will be Olin Ortiz, Megan Bolling and Mikayoa Wiggins. Pesina said she chose these students from Hart’s Student Technology Assistance Team (STAT) because of their outstanding work in developing helpful instruction videos for fellow students and teachers.

At the TECH show, the Hart students will demonstrate their ability to set computer code. They perfected these skills through STAT and in December demonstrated how to set code as part of the international Hour of Code held in conjunction with Computer Science Week.  


Pesina said the TECH 2015 program is an excellent way to show elected officials how District 153 is incorporating technology and preparing students for future jobs. 

Organizers also say it is another way to show legislators how increased funding for classroom technology helps improve students’ skills in disciplines dealing with science, math, engineering and technology.

TECH 2015 is a not-for-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators, and is supported by a broad range of education and business organizations, including CDW-G and Comcast Business.

Contact Marilyn Thomas at [email protected]


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