Learn to advocate & prepare for
Students for Innovation: Advocacy Day 2023
This event is held at the Capitol building to ensure legislators and key stakeholders are aware of the innovative learning happening in the Illinois classroom and the need for funding.
The Illinois State Capitol is currently closed to all events as of March 2022. That said, we are postponing the return of this event to May 2023.
We will be hosting events throughout the year to help prepare you and your students for 2023!
The first event was a webinar on advocating and media literacy with 2019 Miss Illinois Isabelle Hanson!
Watch the recording below!
what is students for innovation: advocacy day?
Illinois educators and students are doing amazing, innovative things in the classroom every single day.
At IDEA, our hope is to give these students and educators a platform to exemplify the importance of this innovative learning.
So, 30+ years ago, IDEA began hosting an annual one-day event at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Students from across the state are selected through an application process to present their innovative projects.
Formally known as TECH 20xx, we have re-branded this event to better reflect its mission …
To amplify student voices by demonstrating innovative learning occurring in Illinois schools. These demonstrations will inspire legislatures and key stakeholders and highlight the importance of funding innovative practices that will drive life-long learning for both students and educators. Innovation takes funding, and is a critical component to our future.
To give you an idea of past projects - everything from robotics to tornado research - check out the highlights from 2018 - 2021.