This is the second post in a series about the impact and importance of Students for Innovation: Advocacy Day. If you’ve never been involved, Ami Young’s blog gives you an idea of what Advocacy Day is and how her students have been able to amplify their voices through Advocacy Day.
Cardinal Tech and Advocacy Day
by Ami Young
My students and I have participated in Advocacy Day for the past few years. This experience is one of a kind for students, which is unique from other tech events. Not only do they get to showcase what they have learned over the school year, but they get to present in a historical location, our Illinois state capitol. This unique experience also allows them to view their peers' presentations and in turn learn new ideas. This opportunity also allows my students to really use their voices to promote what they love and for many builds confidence to come out of their shells and be heard.
Over the years, my students have presented on many different topics including merge cubes, animation, and unique discussions regarding our T.A.P. (Technology Apprentice Program) club. During Covid, in-person opportunities were limited. That year one of my 7th graders was presented with a unique opportunity in place of Advocacy Day. She presented a topic regarding our Technology Apprentice Program and worked with a provided coach to write a chapter for the Ideas to Amplify Student Voice book that was later published.
Demonstrating our skills learned from school and our Technology Apprentice Program at Advocacy Day is an amazing opportunity. In addition to presenting at the state Capitol Building, the students are able to build on community and enjoy exploring the state capital and the surrounding area landmarks. Overall, this is a truly remarkable experience for my students. My students still reflect on these unique experiences as young adults.
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Ami Young is a K-8 Technology, 6-8 Science, STEM, Career & Consumer Concepts teacher at St. Dennis School. She has been teaching for about 26 years, and technology has always been a passion of hers.