SPRINGFIELD – Students and faculty from Pana and Taylorville met with State Senator Andy Manar Tuesday at the Capitol to demonstrate innovative technology-driven projects they developed and to explain how technology is becoming a more important part of their education every day.

The students were at the Capitol for 2019 Tech Day, an annual showcase that offers an opportunity for students throughout Illinois to show state lawmakers how they use devices, the internet and digital curriculum to learn and innovate in school.

“I continue to be floored by students’ comfort with technology and their desire to push the boundaries of learning with all kinds of tools that are available to them today,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said.

Manar met with students from Pana Washington Elementary School and Taylorville Junior High.

  • Pana: Students Brynlee Tipsword and Jeff Scoles, both second graders; Kim Hahnenkamp, second-grade teacher; and Amanda Skinner, technology integration specialist.
  • Taylorville Junior High, group 1: Audrey Curtin, 13, and Mia Morelock, 12, both seventh graders; Lynn Rice, teacher, seventh-grade geography and eighth-grade history; and Tammy Reindl, technology integration specialist.
  • Taylorville Junior High, group 2: Tripp Pelichoff, Sophie Robinson and A.J. Picket, all eighth graders; and Jordan Andruch, teacher, seventh-grade science and eighth-grade STEM.

Pana students (left to right): State Senator Andy Manar, Jeff Scoles, Brynlee Tipsword, Kim Hahnenkamp and Amanda Skinner.

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Taylorville photo (left to right): Audrey Curtin, Mia Morelock, Sophie Robinson, Tripp Pelichoff, A.J. Picket and State Senator Andy Manar.

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