On Friday, April 10th, the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Educational Technology hosted the first annual Philly TEC Showcase (Technology Expo and Competition) at the District building. Many students took the opportunity to showcase their innovative technology projects. Over 180 students attended the event and represented twenty District schools ranging from elementary to high schools.
The Digital Service Fellows played a vital role in the event’s success by setting up, coordinating the event’s logistics and providing educational workshops for the students as their projects were carefully reviewed and judged. The Digital Service Fellows created four new and engaging workshops to peak student interest, which included 808 Cube, a hands on look inside of Mac and PC laptops, an introduction to Augmented Reality and Build with Chrome. Each of the workshops were compiled by teams of DSFs to provide additional information and resources to students outside of their normal school curriculum and were received well by students and teachers alike! Other activities included a Star Lab planetarium, Robot Design using SMART board technology, a tour of PSTV studios and a tour the District’s I.T. infrastructure including the Network and Server operation center.
A very special thank you to all the Digital Service Fellows, Jan Tong, Fran Newberg and the rest of the Office of Educational Technology, all the judges and most importantly, the student participants. A list of all the categories and the winners can be found here.