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District-wide student interest drives Tech Night's 2017 success

More than 90 New Canaan Public School students shared their passions for technology at NCPS Tech Night 2017 on Wednesday, April 5. All schools in the district were represented in the well-attended event, which had student exhibitors from grades K through 12 explaining their projects to the public at tables and displays set up throughout New Canaan High School. 
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Pictured above (left to right):
Henry Benton, 8th Grade, Project Stardust: Part 2;
Noora Holtappels – 7th Grade, Solar Cup
Spencer Reeves – 11th Grade, Web Sesign
Gus Leffers – 2nd Grade, You’ve Got Mail?
Gianna Caldero – 5th Grade, Arm & A Leg, Inc
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Pictured above (left to right):
Johnny Renda, Megan Rigione, Shea Smith – 9th Grade, The Nambale Connection
Bella Cimino, Annika Khurana – 5th Grade, Betta & Basil Aquaponic
Max Koon – 7th Grade, Sivrad
Antonia Kolb – 5th Grade, e-Squid
“Tech Night provides a venue for students and educators to present innovations that demonstrate how today’s technology can enhance and encourage learning,” explained Matthew Salvestrini, NCPS Director of Digital Learning. “2017 marked the 11th annual Tech Night, and the event continues to grow in popularity.  This year, we had more students participating than ever before.”
In addition to showcasing curricular uses of technology within classrooms, students had the opportunity to work outside of school on self-directed projects. Projects combined problem-solving skills with personal passions leading to creative technology-based solutions. Interested students submitted their applications in February and were required to explain their project idea, describe its use of technology and provide a reason for sharing their idea. Once a student’s application was accepted, faculty and staff were available to provide support. Examples of some of this year’s submissions included: Lots of light, no electricity; Should every kid have a Raspberry Pi?; Vex Robotics; Fun with junk components; Flight simulator; Pen making; The science of Chapstick; Make the brain happy & drones.