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Highlights from SIT 2018

The 2018 Students Involved with Technology Conference was held at JGS on February 10th.  We hosted 10+ school districts and nearly 100 attendees!  This conference featured students as the presenters with sessions on such topics as LEGO Robotics, Digital Art, Printing Power, Make & Take Catapults, VR with Oculus, and much more!

This event would not have been possible without the help of community sponsors who donated prizes, food, and money to help us out.  A BIG THANK YOU to these sponsors:  A-J National Bank, Anna State Bank, Tech Guy Consulting, Masters Choice, Country Financial, Union County Farm Bureau, Southern FS, Save-a-Lot Jonesboro, Casey's General Store Jonesboro, BJ Foods Dongola, Moreland Eye Care, and the ladies of First Baptist Church Jonesboro.

We also had a terrific crew of volunteers who helped with everything from planning, logistics, set up, security, monitoring sessions, clean up, and so much more.  Planning Committee and Volunteers were:  Jama Eddleman - Jonesboro Grade School, Stephanie Hill - Jonesboro Grade School, Mindy Fiscus - Learning Technology Centers of Illinois, Butch Wilson - Christopher #99 School Dist., Steve Carrington - Murphysboro CUSD #186, Kristi Stout - U of I Extension/4-H, Dena Wood, U of I Extension/4-H, Stephanie Rhodes - Union County Farm Bureau, Danielle Stevens - Country Financial, Charley Cass - Central Jr. High West Frankfort, Kurt Strothmann - EdTech Advocate, Ann Oswalt - Robinson, IL, Haibo  Wang - SIU Carbondale, Karen Gallegly - Lewis School, Karen Frick - Anna District #37, Jenny Granados - Southern Illinois Healthcare, and Jamie Modesto, Qlik.

Last, but not least, thank you to Mr. Mark Kirk from Masters Choice for being our keynote speaker.  Mr. Kirk kicked off the day by explaining the role of technology in all areas of agriculture.  The use of technology in agriculture has led to higher crop yields, improved food sources, finds ways of helping ag producers be more environmentally conscious, and more.  Thank you Mr. Kirk!

Now, enjoy some of the photo highlights from SIT 2018 Jonesboro!

Mr. Kirk

Mr. Kirk speaking about technology in agriculture.

prize table hall

The awesome prizes to be given away!

VR goggles

The Virtual Reality session was a favorite.

Clash Royale

Participants got to take part in a Clash Royale Tournament

STEM exploration

STEM Exploration Room had several STEM activities for participants to create!

mystery challenge

Participants had to work together to complete a mystery challenge

whats inside

What's Inside?

Participants loved the "What's Inside" session.  They got to take apart old electronics

presenter certs


Handing out presenter certificates


Marshmallows Away!

Participants trying out their catapults!


Printing Power!

Student presenter teaching other students how they can save paper and ink



Who's hungry?!
making catapults

Making catapults

Maie & Take Session
Anyone CAN Code

Participants learning that Anyone CAN Code!

digital aart

Student presenter showing how she creates digital art


Hovercrafts with Household Supplies was a hit!

more hovercrafts

Student presenters explaining how to make hovercrafts out of ordinary items.

making slides

Student presenters showing others how to Rock a Google Slideshow!

girls waving

Look! They said we could take it apart!

vr expl

VR with Oculus

Student presenters explaining how Virtual Reality works


LEGO Robotics

Student presenter explaining Lego Robotics


Anyone CAN Code!

Student presenter showing participants that coding is fun!

hands up closing

Raise your hand!

Who's ready for the prize drawings?


LOGO Contest

Morgan Fiscus from Robinson, IL won the logo contest!


Presenter Certificates

These student presenters did a terrific job sharing their skills and talents!

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