Friday, May 30, 2014
School children provided a glimpse into their technological futures last week at the 2014 Georgetown County School District Technology Fair, amazing judges and others with technical presentations on everything from a lion’s diet to the role of machines in cleaning up after natural disasters.
Demonstrating their critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills, the students gathered Friday at Waccamaw Intermediate School to showcase their accomplishments.
The eager thinkers were there not only to exhibit their projects, but to compete for awards and gain valuable insight from the events’ judges, who ranged from district technology staff to Boeing Aeronautics analysts.
Harper Moore, a Kensington Elementary School kindergartener, looks like she could be the face on a national children’s juice ad campaign. But don’t let the rosy cheeks and the pink bowed blonde hair fool you. This is a computer-literate, tech-savvy little package of dynamite.
“Good morning, would you like to listen about our project?” she asked while smiling ear to ear. With the touch of a computer key, and using her own hand-drawn illustration chart, Moore guided the judges through the lifecycle, habitat and the diet of a lion – about 75 pounds of meat each day. Her project partner, fellow kindergartener Jocelyn Martell, followed up by sharing the information she had gathered on pigs.
Adults standing close enough to hear Harper’s presentation shook their heads in amazement at her presentation finesse.
Mikala Mazyck, a third-grader at Waccamaw Elementary School, explained how her teammates, Ellie Keesee, Ben Hammel, and Lucas Lormsby, were using a Lego presentation board and computer-generated graphics to show the effects of machines on everyday life.
Mazyck’s team chose to demonstrate how machinery was used to clean up the Georgetown area after the past winter’s ice storm. “It’s really cool how machines help our economy,” Mazyck said.
Their teacher, Julie Hammel, explained that the group designed and built a challenge-related model using Lego components. The WES team is part of the Junior FIRST Lego League.
Carey Givens, a teacher in the gifted and talented program at Waccamaw Intermediate, said the Lego program benefits older students as well.
“The FIRST Lego League program is fabulous,” Givens said. “Every school in Georgetown County should be utilizing this program.” Morris Lumpkin, a Waccamaw Middle eighth-grader, was anxious to present his history project to the judges. “We worked really hard to show how the battles of the war affected everyday life.” Morris said.
His tech partner, Stephen Russell, was pleased to hear one of the judges remark, “I really like your presentation. It’s humorous and informative.”
Rebecca Prevatte could not have been more proud of her Maryville Elementary fifth-graders. Ethan McCollough and Brenda Euclave-Gomez beamed with excitement as they explained their project entitled “Flying Solo with Edmodo.” Edmodo is an educational social media site, and McCollough and Gomez did a thorough job of demonstrating its numerous uses.
“This is awesome,” McCollough said. “It kept me on track during spring break and allowed me to keep up with my studies over the holiday.” Euclave-Gomez explained how the site allows teachers to communicate with students who are working on at home.
“My favorite part is how it awards badges to individual students based on performance or behavior,” she said.
“This program alerts me when my students are having difficulty at home while they are doing their homework,” Prevatte said. “I even have the app on my phone so I can step right in and help them and they don’t have to wait until the next day to ask for help.”
Richard Campbell, a judge and analyst at Boeing, asked Georgetown High School’s Matthew Altman how working on his tech project had added to his learning experience.
“By doing this project, I learned more information than what I would have learned in a regular classroom setting,” Altman said.
It was clear that the Waccamaw High School Association of Space and Aviation students had carried their learning beyond the classroom as they began filling a giant red weather balloon with helium.
“We are filling a 30-gram weather balloon with helium, retrofitting it with a camera, and then we will let it go up and start filming while we gather data,” Tatum Tarte explained.
Tarte’s teammates, Maston Clark, Connor Graham, Tyler Zeh, and Ian Kelly, were eager to share their project with the judges, and got more excited when Georgetown County School District Superintendent Randy Dozier paid a visit.
Tech fair results
Communication and Collaboration
K-2 winner: Adrian Gate, Andre Gate, Waccamaw Elementary
K-2 honorable mention: Jenna Elliott, Addy Jones, Andrews Elementary
3-5 winner: Jennifer Hudson’s fifth-grade class, Plantersville Elementary
3-5 honorable mention: Ellie Toemmes, Ella Moody, Kensington Elementary
6-8 winner: Kalanie Player, Mindy Price, Zaveon Stafford, Rosemary Middle
6-8 honorable mention: Sixth-grade collaboration team, Coastal Montessori
9-12 winner: Damontre’ Polite, Tristan Scott, Carvers Bay High
K-2 winner: Harper Moore, Jocelyn Martell, Kensington Elementary
K-2 honorable mention: Mary Darby Moore, Ruby Rosenberg, Waccamaw Elementary
3-5 winner: Journey Peters, Junah Long, Kensington Elementary
3-5 honorable mention: Amber Bacon’s class, Coastal Montessori
6-8 winner: Abigail Caviris, Darby Ewing, Georgetown Middle
6-8 honorable mention: Stephen Russell, Morris Lumpkin, Waccamaw Middle
9-12 winner: Haylee Evans, Janet Chung, Georgetown High
9-12 honorable mention: Jacob Yasika, Alexis Lewis, Malik Melvin, Lyndsay Wall, Carvers Bay High
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
K-2 winner: Nicholas Anderson, Donte Collins, Zacarius Brown, McDonald Elementary
3-5 winner: Robert Hill, Ben Martin, Kensington Elementary
3-5 honorable mention: Emma Kinmartin, Maggie McLeod, Waccamaw Intermediate
6-8 winner: Gage Geddings, Alfred Stephenson, Georgetown Middle
6-8 honorable mention: Caroline Smith, Taylor Strickland, Georgetown Middle
9-12 winner: Christopher Burrage, Haley Miller, Carvers Bay High
K-2 winner: Timber Wilder, Trenton Parker, McDonald Elementary
K-2 honorable mention: Madison Pensyl, Waccamaw Elementary
3-5 winner: Taylor C. Eubanks, Anthony S. Poston, Pleasant Hill Elementary
3-5 honorable mention: Kate Crocker, Katherine Taylor, Kensington Elementary; Deep Patel, Andrew Ackerman, Kensington Elementary
6-8 winner: Heather Dennis, Carvers Bay Middle
Honorable mention: Whitney W. Cameron, Georgetown Middle
9-12 winner: Christopher Martin, Andrews High
9-12 honorable mention: Haylee Evans, Georgetown High; Jacqueline F. Kemp, Waccamaw High
K-2 winner: Braelynn Brewington, Molly Morris, Andrews Elementary
K-2 honorable mention: Madison Cromedy, Caleb Singletary, Sampit Elementary
3-5 winner: Grace Geer, Maggie Richardson, Kensington Elementary
3-5 honorable mention: Charlene Allen, Becky Anderson, Jack Kibler, Anna Bird, Waccamaw Intermediate
6-8 winner: Patrick Langford, Rosemary Middle
6-8 honorable mention: Harrison Pelham, Chandler Irvin, Georgetown Middle
9-12 Winner: Connor Graham, Ian Thomas Kelley, Maston Clark, Tyler Zeh, Tatum Tarte, Waccamaw High
9-12 honorable mention: Imani Moore, Carvers Bay High
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