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Google, Apple, Yahoo, YouTube … Could Your Next Employees Come from the Grace Miller Tech Club?

June 15, 2010
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Members of the Grace Miller Tech Club plan to lead America's next technological revolution.

Members of the Grace Miller Tech Club plan to lead America's next technological revolution.

The Grace Miller Tech Miller Attracts the Smartest and the Brightest and the Most Curious.

The Grace Miller Tech Miller Attracts the Smartest and the Brightest and the Most Curious.

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Are you ready for your demo?

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Future software development team.

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Canines and their caretakers benefit from technology, too.

Canines and their caretakers benefit from technology, too.

Technology bridges generational gaps.

Technology bridges generational gaps.

The Grace Miller Tech Club produces year-round fireworks, not just on the 4th of July.

The Grace Miller Tech Club produces year-round fireworks, not just on the 4th of July.

Northern California may have the Silicon Valley, but SoCal has the Grace Miller Tech Club, now numbering about 63 fourth and fifth graders. On June 3, the young wizards hosted a tech showcase, where parents and the greater community were treated to PowerPoint slideshows, electronics quizzes, videos and other digital displays.
 
“Our students are more confident in using technology for homework, helping teachers troubleshoot the technology in their classroom and in other rooms, and they have shown tremendous growth in self confidence,” said Matt Miller, a 4th grade teacher at Grace Miller who supervises the club along with his colleague April Maidens. “It is an amazing thing to look across the playground on Thursdays and see all the red t-shirts that represent our Grace Miller Tech Club.”

The GM Tech Club was established in 2007 with 37 founding members. In its fourth year, the club was ready to show off the members’ talents by hosting its first annual showcase.

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“The night was amazing,” Miller said. “We had a packed room and the students were very excited. We had over 100 parents, city council members, district members, and members from the local college in La Verne attend the showcase.”

One of those giving a shout-out to the kids was Grace Miller Principal Deanne Spencer:

“Congratulations on your fabulous Tech Club Showcase!” she said. “It was very well attended and those who came, particularly the VIPs, were extremely impressed. They commented to me on the variety of the presentations, the articulate descriptions given by the students, how the students behaved, and how well they used technology.

“One man told me he wanted to hire a few of the kids for the summer to work at his office!”

“The Showcase was outstanding,” added Bonita Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Lois Klein.” Not just for the products the students had developed, but also for their ability to talk about their product, the need for it and why they included what they did.”

Silicon Valley, take notice!

Story filed June 15, 2010

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3 Responses to “Google, Apple, Yahoo, YouTube … Could Your Next Employees Come from the Grace Miller Tech Club?”

  1. It was a privilege to have our daughter be a part of this program. The teachers were great and helped the kids so much. Our daughter learned so much in such a short amount of time. She’s already applying a lot of what she learned and home and is excited to pick it up again next year.

  2. My son adored his time in the Tech club. He’s much more interested in computers and other technology than before. I have to cut him away from the computer now! Thanks Mr. Miller, Ms. Maidens, and to the Grace Miller Elementary School community. We will never forget you.

  3. My family truly enjoyed watching the kids grow in technology. Our daughter, Natalie, helps us on the computer at home too. She has been a life saver to me many times and continues to be. Thank you Grace Miller Tech Club for all your wonderful teachings.

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