More than 5,700 people attended the 2013 Tech Expo at the ShoWare Center in Kent on Jan. 24.
This was the fourth year the Tech Expo was held at the center and the seventh year since its inception. Partnered with the Boeing Company, national and local businesses provided sponsorships to make this a free event open to the community. Approximately 570 KSD teachers and students demonstrated classroom technology from SMART Boards and laptops to 3D printing devices and computer modeling. The KSD FIRST Robotics clubs also showed their robots and had them perform demonstrations. The District’s Safety Services Department was also on hand to showcase and demonstrate the technology tools and resources they use every day to ensure a safe and healthy school environment.
“This dynamic and engaging event is important to the District and our community because it gives our teachers the opportunity to showcase how they are leveraging technology as a teaching and learning tool each and every day. Students were able to present their 21st century skills, including digital-age literacy, creative and critical thinking, effective communication, and life and career skills,” said Chief Digital Strategy Officer Thuan Nguyen.
Businesses and local government agencies also had booths at the expo to show the importance of technology in their fields. Kent Fire Department and Kent Police Department had emergency vehicles parked outside also demonstrating the importance of technology in the work of firefighters and police officers. “It was great to see how many community members and local businesses came to support our district and interact with our students,” said Dr. Edward Lee Vargas, superintendent. “This event showed how our wonderful teachers are using technology to teach their students.”