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 2024 Students Involved with Technology Conference at Bloomington Jr High School is on April 20, 2024.

Do presenters need a sponsor?

Yes. The sponsor’s role is to ensure the presenter is well-prepared to give their presentation. They are also in the room during the presentation if 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 conference registration fee. As a sponsor, they will receive a conference shirt, bag, lunch, and snack. They are not eligible for SIT prizes.

Can parents attend?

SIT is a conference by students for students. 

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

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

Do I have to sign up in advance?

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

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.   

What will we eat?

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

Is there a limit to the number of Presenters in a group?

Yes. There is a maximum of 4 presenters to a group.

Is there a limit to the number of Sponsors for a group?

Yes. There is a limit of 1 Sponsor per group. 

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 an 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?

Students are dropped off at the conference location between 8:00-8:30 AM. On arrival, students go through “check-in” to get their nametag, shirt, conference schedule book, etc. Once checked in, they are directed to the opening session's location; while waiting 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 students head for their first session. After the second session, everyone breaks for a snack. After the snack, everyone heads into two more sessions. Lunch is scheduled for everyone from 11:50-12:20 PM. There will be 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?

There may be several presentations offered during each session; this means that a child needs to choose which presentations to attend in the RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, AND PURPLE sessions. 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 is set shortly after registration for the conference ends. Our goal is to have the presentation schedule posted one week before the conference.

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

Please see your student's school principal.