JHC STLP entered 2 projects for the competition on November 17th that were among hundreds of entries across the region.
Showcase: TRASH……The Dirty Truth
Styrofoam used in lunchroom and alternatives
Sponsors: Debbie Burnett and Abby Trent
Showcase: Welcome to JHC Library
Photo Story Product
Orientation to the library
Sponsors: Tami Dodson and Lee Ann Hammer
Below is an article written by the Bowling Green Daily News...
Students showcase tech projects
JENNA MINK, The Daily News, email@example.com/783-3246
Published: November 18, 2010
Jordon Elam doesn’t mind being trash for a day if it helps his team.
Jordon, 9, of Tompkinsville, was among about 1,300 students who spilled into Western Kentucky University’s E.A. Diddle Arena on Wednesday as part of the Student Technology Leadership Program fall showcase.
Students in STLP make presentations about projects their clubs are doing in their schools and their communities. Some were creative, using props and costumes – Jordon dressed as a trash can for his group’s sustainability presentation.
Students from about 82 area schools scattered throughout two gymnasiums, showcasing their projects by decorating tables.
Judges dropped by each showcase throughout the day, and a winner will be chosen for elementary, middle and high school levels. The winners will be announced at a later date and will attend a statewide conference at Lexington’s Rupp Arena in May, said Elaine Harrison Lane, state STLP coordinator.
“It’s empowering kids in the classrooms and in school to do things with technology in their buildings,” she said.
STLP holds eight showcases throughout the state, and the WKU event is the largest. On Friday, 160 tables scattered throughout the arena – and many were eye-catching.
Students used poster boards, paint, glitter, Christmas lights and other decorations to make their presentations stand out.
Jordon’s club from Joe Harrison Elementary School in Monroe County is using technology to broadcast its message: use less Styrofoam.
Students have researched the harmful effects of Styrofoam. They’re lobbying school officials to nix Styrofoam dishes in the cafeteria, and they plan to take their campaign to their school board.
“It fills up your landfills and it can’t be recycled,” said Mason Page, 12, a fifth-grader. “It takes 1 million years to decompose.”
Students made a movie about the effects of Styrofoam, which they played at their booth Wednesday, and they also constructed a book about it. They have played the movie and read the book to their fellow students, and they even helped set up compost bins outside their school.
“We’re trying to make a change at least,” said Brittney Williams, 10, a fifth-grader.
Students spray painted a clothing hamper, cut it, lined it with a black garbage bag and placed it on top of Jordon. They hot-glued the hamper cover to a baseball cap, so Jordon could wear his trash-can lid on his head.
“The state might see this, and we’re taking the first step by showing our school districts,” he said.
When choosing a project for this year’s showcase, students wanted to pick a task that would change their school. That’s when they noticed an abundance of Styrofoam used during lunch.
“It gets them working together as a team,” said Debbie Burnett, co-sponsor of the school’s STLP program. “That’s a big plus for me. It gives them something they’re passionate about, and they put it out there.”
A few tables down, black skull flags hung from one school’s poster board, as a small pirate ship sat atop the table and students donned pirate costumes.
In fact, STLP students at Hiseville Elementary School in Barren County pretend to be pirates on a daily basis. Sherry Meador’s sixth-grade geography class takes place on an imaginary pirate ship. Students sail to each country they study, and they document their trips on the school’s website, blogging from the viewpoint of a pirate.
“Our whole room is set up like a pirate ship,” said Meador, who is also an STLP assistant. “It just makes it a fun way to teach the content they have to learn, and it does improve their writing skills because they have to write about what they are learning.”
At South Warren Middle School, STLP students created a news show, which is broadcast to students on Friday mornings. The show is posted on the club’s website, and teachers project the show on their classroom smart boards. Students played their news show at their booth during Wednesday’s showcase.
“We go out and film what’s going on in the school, like basketball tryouts,” said Caroline Simpson, 13, an eighth-grader. “I like it because it takes a lot of (hard work) to make it, and the end product is always just amazing.”
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