May 21 Tech Fest is a show and tell of technology and fitness

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Devices such as remote controls, cell phones and video games were once examples of the ways technology kept us from moving and staying fit.

Or, at least they served as a convenient excuse. However, these days technology is proving to be a boon for fitness fans. Fitbits, pedometers, interactive heart rate monitors and other nutrition/fitness apps have brought fitness into the 21st century.

Thanks to an investment by the district’s Health and PE department in popular tech tools, PE teachers are integrating some of the tech devices into the school PE curriculum to make fitness fun for their students.

On Thursday, May 21, from 6–8:30 p.m. at Ann Richards Middle School, the Health and PE Department invites parents and community members to Tech Fest 2015. The event will showcase some of the ways in which schools are utilizing technology to promote fitness.

Tech Fest will open at 6 p.m. with a gallery walk and demonstration of the winning projects in the digital media fair competition. That will be followed by an exhibition of an interactive station featuring MOOV devices (a pilot program exploring personal fitness coaching devices) led by PE superstar teacher Rob Warner and his students from John Runyon Elementary. The second hour of Tech Fest will showcase PE teachers and students from seven schools performing kinesthetic routines, while explaining how they use the technology awarded to them by the Health and PE Department.

The event is free and open to the community. You may even learn about a device that will jumpstart your own fitness regimen.

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