• SIT 2017: LEVEL UP

    Registration Open! Join Us February 11, 2017!

  • SIT 2017: Level Up

    For Students. By Students.

  • Join Us February 11, 2017

    Presentations, Prizes & Plenty of Fun!

About

Students Involved with Technology Conference

The Students Involved with Technology Conference is an annual conference for 3rd through 12th grade students, occurring at several sites throughout Illinois. It originated in Bloomington-Normal and has since expanded. So what makes the SIT Conference stand out? It is also completely presented by 3rd-12th grade students. While adult volunteers from local schools and the community help the day run smoothly, all presentations are prepared and presented by the students!

Register

The 2017 Students Involved with Technology Conference will be February 11, 2017 from  8:30-2:00.

Please note:

  • Persons NOT registered for the conference will NOT be allowed to enter a conference site. 
  • A $10 processing fee will be charged for registration cancelled prior to January 10, 2017. No refunds will be issued after deadline. There are NO on-site registrations or attendee substitutions.

Participant, Presenter, Sponsor & Volunteer Registration:

Registration is now OPEN! You may register online, by mail, fax or phone using the information and l inks below.  Please plan on joining us February 11, 2017!

Registration Forms

Volunteer Registration Forms

 

2017 Schedule

General Schedule:

Site Schedules:*

  • Bensenville - Blackhawk Middle School | coming soon
  • Berwyn - Heritage Middle School | coming soon
  • Mt. Vernon - Zadok Casey Middle School | coming soon
  • DeKalb - DeKalb High School | coming soon
  • Arlington Heights - South Middle School | coming soon
  • Normal - Heartland Community College | coming soon

* Schedules will be posted approximately one week prior to the Conference!

 

FAQ

What is the SIT Conference?

SIT is a conference presented by Higher Education and K-12 School Districts to provide a forum where students in grades 3-12 can demonstrate technology tools and skills they have learned in school or that they are interested in.

When is the SIT Conference?

The 2017 Students Involved with Technology Conference will be February 11, 2017 from  8:30-2:00.

Do presenters need a sponsor?

Yes. The sponsor’s role is to make sure the presenter is well-prepared to give their presentation. They are also in the room during the presentation in case the presenter needs assistance.

Do sponsors have to register? Is there a fee for them to register?

Yes. Sponsors need to register for the conference. They are also charged the $25 registration fee. As a sponsor they will receive a conference T-Shirt, bag, lunch and snack. They are not eligible for SIT prizes.

Can parents attend?

SIT is conference by students for students. If a parent wants to attend they may – but they have to register as a participant in order to attend. They will get a shirt, lunch and snack. Adult participants are not eligible for SIT Prizes.

Can I bring a child that is younger than 3rd grade?

No. Due to the nature of the conference, it is not geared for younger children.

What if I want to come see my child’s presentation?

You would need to register as a participant. Due to the safety and security of the students, only registered attendees are permitted at the conference.

Do I have to sign up in advance?

Yes. If you want to attend the conference you need to register before the deadline. No on-site registration is accepted.

Is SIT fun?

Yes, it is! The conference in Normal has been happening for more than 15 years – would anyone still be coming if it wasn’t fun?!? To see video highlights of past Conferences, click on Ticket2Fame!

What topics are going to be presented?

Topics vary from year to year. We don’t know what the current topics will be until registration is complete. Consider visiting past SIT websites or speaking with past presenters and participants to see what has been presented in the past.

What will we eat?

Contents of the snack bags are typically a granola bar, chewy fruit snacks, chocolate, candy and bottled water. Lunch will be a sandwich (variety selected during registration from choice of ham, turkey or veggie), chips, cookie and bottled water.

What about peanut allergies?

We generally avoid all overt peanut items for food served at the conference. However, there is no guarantee that the food at the conference does not come in contact with peanuts in some way, shape or form along its way to our event as it is produced, packaged, processed and served. If your child has a severe peanut allergy, please fill out the conference registration form carefully and please consider sending your own (safe) food items for them (see “What Will We Eat” above for information on what we will be serving). We would be happy to refrigerate food you send with your child, if needed.

What about food allergies?

If your child has a severe food allergy, please fill out the conference registration form carefully and please consider sending your own (safe) food items for them (see “What Will We Eat” above for information on what we will be serving). When in doubt, please send a lunch with your child. We would be happy to refrigerate food you send with your child, if needed.

I want to present … but I’m not sure what to do!?!

Pick a technology-related topic you are familiar with or really interested in. Write out a short description of what you’d like to share with or show to your peers during a 25 minute presentation. Fill out the presenter section on the registration form with this description and your presentation title. Turn in the registration form and you’ll get more information closer to the conference about when your presentation is scheduled. If you have any special facility-based technology needs for your presentation, include that on your registration form and you’ll be contacted by a person from your conference site. If you need help selecting a topic, take a past conference highlights to see pictures and a list of various presentation topics!

What do I need to know about giving my presentation?

Now that you’ve registered with a description and title for your presentation, it’s time to do the rest! Write and outline for your presentation. Do you want to use PowerPoint? Include some neat visuals in your presentation. Are these real objects you want to show or are they pictures or are they on the internet? Do you want to do hands on activity during your presentation – let us know so that we can schedule you into the right type of room?!? Practice, practice, practice! If you have handouts, make 25 copies (just in case your topic is popular!).

What actually happens on a typical conference day?

Kids are dropped off at the conference location between 8:00-8:30A. First, kids go through “check-in” to get their nametag, shirt, conference schedule book, etc. Once checked-in, kids head towards the location of the opening session; while they wait for it to start, they look over the conference schedule book to make final choices on which sessions they would like to attend throughout the day. Everyone at the conference watches the opening session. When the opening session finishes, all kids head for their first session. After the first session, everyone breaks for snack. After snack, everyone heads into 3 more sessions. Lunch is scheduled for everyone from 11:50-12:20P. There will two more sessions after lunch. The closing session is scheduled from 1:30-2:00P. When the closing session is over, students will be directed to leave the same way they entered the conference.

There are so many topics being presented during each session. How do the kids know which one to attend?

Depending on the conference location a child is attending, there may be between 6-26 presentations offered during each session; this means that a child needs to choose which of the 6-26 presentations to attend during RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE AND PURPLE. Kids should choose the presentation they most want to see. (Please be warned that occasionally there are presentations requiring preregistration at the time of initial registration.) If presentations are too full (or even canceled for some reason), then volunteers will help kids select another presentation.

As a parent, how can I help my child select presentations to attend?

The presentation schedule for each conference site is set shortly after registration for the conference ends. Our goal is to have the presentation schedule posted for each conference site one week before the conference.

I can’t afford my child’s registration fee…

Please complete the conference registration form AND the conference Scholarship Request Formsmall_pdf_icon or complete the conference registration form AND send an email with details to info@sitconference.org by the registration deadline.

Flyers

  • BensenvilleBlackhawk Middle Schooldownload small_pdf_icon
  • BerwynHeritage Middle School | download small_pdf_icon
  • Mt. VernonZadok Casey Middle School | download small_pdf_icon
  • DeKalb - DeKalb High School | download small_pdf_icon
  • Arlington Heights - South Middle School | download small_pdf_icon
  • NormalHeartland Community College | download small_pdf_icon

Contact

For Registration information/questions:

call ISU at 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160.

If you would like to be notified when registration opens for SIT 2017, sign up for our email list here: http://goo.gl/forms/3d7LnnDSX8

For Conference information/questions:

call 309-828-7115 or email: info@sitconference.org

For Site-related information/questions* please contact your site coordinator:

please contact your Site Coordinator:

    • Bensenville - Dr. James Stelter at sitconference@bsd2.org
    • Berwyn – Jordan Garrett at jgarrett@bsd100.org
    • Arlington Heights - Amy Lamberti at amylynnlamberti@gmail.com
    • Mt. Vernon - Mindy Fiscus at mfiscus@ltc6.org
    • DeKalb - Denise Flemming at denise.flemming@d428.org
    • Normal - Kim Travers at kim.travers@heartland.edu

* EXAMPLE: What is in the presentation room (computer or computers, projector, software, etc.)?