Students from eastern Oregon school districts are invited to learn more about technology at the Technology Expo on Thursday, March 9 at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon. This event is FREE and open to all students currently enrolled in 8th through 12th grades who attend one of the IMESD’s 18 component school districts. The Expo is from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on the EOU campus and transportation will be provided from school districts.

Students can register for a variety of sessions that include hands-on activities, including: 3D animation, 3D printing, taking apart and diagnosing computer component issues, website development, computer programming, app development and more. In addition, students will visit with Career Advisors to learn about career paths and their educational requirements, plus meet representatives from regional companies that have jobs in technology.

“We are very excited about the sessions being offered at Tech Expo this year; with EOU’s support and collaboration the course diversity is amazing. We know students will enjoy this dynamic, jam-packed day which will expand their understanding of technology career opportunities and give them additional resources for future planning” said Karen Smelser, STEP operations director at the IMESD.

Students can register themselves for the Tech Expo by visiting: http://step.imesd.org. Students can also follow STEP on Twitter and Instagram – @EOstepITup and #stepexpo17. Information is available at all participating middle schools and high schools from STEP representatives, at school front offices and on most school district websites.

The Tech Expo is part of an overall IMESD program called STEP, Student Technology Expanded Programs, developed through a grant from the Oregon Department of Education. The intent of the grant is to support summer programs that are designed to recruit and retain students in career pathways that lead to high wage and high demand occupations and link to existing CTE Programs of Study. The 18-month grant (spring 2016 through fall 2017) allows the IMESD to offer the spring Expo, summer technology camps for high school and middle school students and an internship program in the IMESD Information Technology department.

For more information or if you have questions about the Tech Expo or STEP programs, visit the STEP website at http://step.imesd.org or www.imesd.k12.or.us. You can also email: karen.smelser@imesd.k12.or.us