Expo highlights student engagement and career preparation

Exploring virtual reality through apps, using Chromebooks and iPads to create movies and daily news broadcasts, and building tiny homes to explore future careers in construction. Northside schools are finding unique ways to engage students in learning and an annual event allows students and teachers to share the successes from their campuses.

The Kelly Smith Career and Engaged Learning Expo, previously known as Tech Expo, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Northside Sports Gym, 8400 N. Loop 1604 W. in the Farris Athletic Complex. The event is free and open to the public.

Students from more than 105 elementary, middle and high schools will participate.

For the first time, due to high attendance in previous years, the Expo has been split into two nights. The full schedule of when each campus will participate can be found on the Expo website. There are also maps available for each night. 

Also new this year are displays from Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Previously, there was a separate CTE Expo.

“The annual Expo is the perfect forum for students and teachers to show off how they create, collaborate, communicate, and think critically by inspiring and engaging others in a district-wide event,” says Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods. “I am especially thrilled that our students take the lead in showcasing and demonstrating knowledge in all subject areas including CTE programs.”

Schools will have tables at the Sports Gym and visitors will watch technology demonstrations, robotics demonstrations, and talk to students and teachers in an interactive and informal setting. Some programs will showcase their work outside the Sports Gym due to space constraints.

Among the topics showcased this year are: mobile devices in the classroom, campus camps and clubs, real world projects, and global learning experiences.

“This year, we’re thrilled about the addition of CTE programs to the Engaged Expo,” says Doug Shudde, Director of Academic Technology. “It’s a great opportunity for elementary students to see amazing opportunities that await them in middle school and high school. We offer so many programs here in Northside and we want students to be aware of all that is available for them to pursue based on their interests.”

Attendees will receive maps of the showcase, including the gym floor, upper concourse, and outdoor areas.

For more information, visit the Career and Engaged Learning Expo website or watch the video.