Wilton Public Schools have upped their technology focus tenfold, with the introduction of Google apps, I-STEM programs and Learning Commons in each school. Once again, the district will showcase technology in the district by shining a light on the students who are pushing technology boundaries, with TechNext 2016.

The expo will take place in the Wilton High School Little Theater on Tuesday, March 22. Beginning at 5 p.m., booths will be open in the WHS lobby, followed by ‘TEDtalk-like presentations in the theater. TechNext 2016 will also highlight how technology can be used for social good, says director of technology for the school district Mathew Hepfer.

“We’re trying to think about the mission of the school district, and we’re trying to tie in this year’s TechNext to the idea of how people use technology to make the world a better place, or make their school a better place, or even to just make things better for one person. How technology can make a difference. That’s the sub-theme for the show this year,” he explains.

The demonstrations range from students who have built apps and used code to write programs and create games, to students who have self published books using school tablets and resources. Visitors will also be able to learn about the high school’s 1:1 Chromebook pilot program, as well as what students are doing through the school’s video production and STEM curriculum, including robotics and 3-D printing. Students will also be offering tours of WHS’s new video and recording studios.

Hepfer says the trend of students interested in this area is most definitely on an uptick. Not only are teachers and educators integrating more technology into daily classroom use and curriculum (like I-STEM), but with the Wilton Library‘s Innovation Station maker space as well as the transformation of the school libraries into Learning Commons, there’s more opportunity for kids to explore and use technology to expand their educational pathways.

“We have sporting events for kids who are interested in sport to have an opportunity to be celebrated in the Wilton Schools. We certainly celebrate the arts and music. This is a real prime opportunity for kids who are interested in computers and technology to have a showcase, to get them out in front so they can show off what they do,” he says

For Tuesday’s TechNext 2016, doors open at 5 p.m., and presentations will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m..