On March 14, about 175 students from school districts across eastern Oregon gathered to talk “tech.” The annual Tech Expo, organized by the InterMountain ESD, occurred at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. The Expo provided opportunities for 8th through 12th graders to learn about various technology-related topics and participate in interactive activities.
Overall, 15 of the IMESD’s 18 component school districts were represented at the event. The students were organized into 12 teams that traveled around to different sessions throughout the day. There were 15 sessions offered, from 3D animation and 3D printing to computer programming and website development, plus an EOU campus tour.
Expo partners included EOU, Blue Mountain Community College and Cayuse Technologies. The Expo was free to students, with school districts transporting them to the event and providing chaperones for teams. Several IMESD interns, who work in the Information Technology Department, worked at the event, as well as several employees.
Karen Smelser, Expo Coordinator, said this event is a wonderful time for students to meet other students in the region, explore how to use technology, learn new skills and learn about technology careers and if those interest them. “We would like to thank our school districts who promoted this to students and transported them to EOU. It’s great when middle and high school students can spend time on a college campus and be excited about a subject that could benefit their future,” Smelser said.