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Tech Fest April 27; Array of Exhibitors from WIU and West Central Illinois Communities
April 20, 2011
MACOMB, IL -- Join faculty and staff members from several Western Illinois University departments and representatives of west central Illinois education and business communities to celebrate WIU's College of Education and Human Services' 12th Annual Tech Fest Wednesday, April 27 on the WIU Macomb campus. Slated for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Horrabin Hall gym, Tech Fest 2011, which this year is themed, "Technology Safari," will feature an array of exhibitors and participants, including exhibits and presentations from area high school students; Western Illinois University faculty, staff and students; Citizens Bank in Macomb; McDonough District Hospital; Apple, Inc.; and many more.
At 1 p.m., there will be a drawing for an Apple iPad (must be present to win).
New this year at Tech Fest is the "QR Quest Scavenger Hunt." According to COEHS Director of Marketing and Community Relations Dana Moon, Tech Fest attendees who want to participate in the scavenger hunt will be able to scan a QR code -- via their smart phones enabled with a QR code-scanning application -- at participating presenters' tables.
"When each code is scanned, participants will be taken to a website that asks a question about the presentation and then reveals a clue as to where to find the next question. Those who answer the questions correctly will earn points, and the attendee who earns the highest number of points will be provided with multiple chances to win the grand prize of the Apple iPad," she said.
Also new this year is the COEHS Educational Technology Award competition. Moon noted the purpose of the awards is to provide recognition to an individual student or faculty/staff member or groups of students or faculty/staff members in the College of Education and Human Services who have made a significant contribution to promoting educational technology in their organizations or communities. The submission deadline for award nominations is the end of today (Wednesday, April 20); competition guidelines are available at wiu.edu/coehs/coehs_week/tech_fest/tech_award.php. (Note: Eligibility is limited to students and faculty/staff in COEHS.)
According to COEHS Dean Nick DiGrino, the annual Tech Fest event provides the College, the University and the community with a collaborative way to celebrate the technology that is increasingly impacting education and human services.
"From the systems we use to provide students with instruction and to get work done, to the ways we share educational, instructional and professional information, Tech Fest provides us with an excellent venue through which to demonstrate how technology connects the many disciplines within the University, as well as how the University and its many entities are connected to the Macomb community and west central Illinois region and beyond," he said.
"We would particularly like to recognize Citizens Bank for its continued support of Tech Fest," Moon said. "Citizens Bank's contributions are crucial to the success of the event. It has been a wonderful partnership and the WIU and Macomb communities have greatly benefited from learning and interacting with the technologies presented at the event every year."
Tech Fest 2011 will be held during COEHS Week 2011. For more information about COEHS Week, see wiu.edu/coehs/coehs_week/.
For more information about Tech Fest, visit wiu.edu/coehs/coehs_week/tech_fest/ or contact Moon at (309) 298-1690 or via email at DM-Moon@wiu.edu.
Posted By: WIU News, University Relations
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