Tech Time

Tech Time (link is external) is an initiative of afterschool workshops where students examine the hardware, software, and social aspects of technology. It began as a collaboration between the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science and Kenwood Elementary School. Now coordinated under the Kenwood Library Program, Tech Time continues to cultivate community partnerships and innovative afterschool workshops.

Learn more about Tech Time (link is external)


Our Goals:

  • To define technology broadly as the art, craft, and skillful use of tools to achieve our goals.

  • To facilitate project- and inquiry-based learning.

  • To work collaboratively in order to build community. We define community as face-to-face interactions that help us build shared goals, recognize our interdependence, and feel a sense of belonging.

  • To prepare students from underrepresented communities to be technology innovators.

App Authors

App Authors is an afterschool class for 4th and 5th graders. In collaboration with University of Illinois staff, students will design and build their own apps using code.org's App Lab. The class will have space for 12 students and will meet Wednesdays from 2:05 to 3:30pm. Sign up here or contact Ms. Larson with questions. 

Chess Club

Chess Club meets once a week and includes an enthusiastic bunch of multi-age students. Students learn the strategy behind this classic game and have some fun playing as well!

 Morning Announcement Crews

Kenwood’s Video Morning Announcements are written, filmed and edited by Kenwood Students with support from Kenwood staff. This rotating team of 1st to 5th grade students gain hands on skills in video production and teamwork. The video morning announcements also create a platform for students to share their accomplishments with the whole school, thus increasing the visibility of their learning.

Video Morning Announcements were started during the 2014 School Year by teacher Stephanie Merkle. During the 2015 school year Miriam Larson became staff co- sponsor and a student morning announcements crew began to meet before school.

Students in 1st through 5th grade apply at the beginning of the year to be part of the Morning Announcements Crew. They are placed on a team that meets twice a week for the duration of a semester.

 Student Council

The​ ​purpose​ ​of the​ ​Kenwood​ ​Student​ ​Council​ ​is​ ​to​ ​make the​ ​school​ ​a​ ​better​ ​place​ ​by​ ​helping​ ​to make​ ​decisions​ ​for​ ​the​ ​school​ ​and​ ​by collaborating​ ​about​ ​issues​ ​or​ ​concerns brought​ ​to​ ​us​ ​by​ ​our​ ​peers. We are a group of students from Kindergarten through 5th grade, with each classroom represented. We gather bi-weekly to discuss different school issues, as well as help plan different initiatives for Kenwood. We enjoy working together and being leaders to our peers.