RICHMOND — Madison County School students showed off just how tech savvy they can be during the district’s sixth annual Technology Extravaganza on Thursday at Madison Central High School. After the showcase, more than 350 students were honored for their work.
Madison Middle School brought home the 2014 Technology School of the Year award.
“Madison Middle’s administration and staff have fully embraced the benefits of digital learning, realizing that our students learn best and will be more successful adults when they have opportunities to engage with technology in a collaborative setting on a regular basis,” said Felica White, the school’s library media specialist.
Projects were judged at each school and the top five were submitted to be judged at the district level. Some of the projects will go on to compete at the Student Technology Leadership Program state competition next week in Lexington.
Students created an array of projects, including the Car Crash Avoidance System at B. Michael Caudill Middle, or video games at Kingston Elementary featuring castles with molten lava or monkeys searching for banana trees in a maze.
Young authors at Farristown Middle wrote and published books to iTunes, while a Kit Carson third-grader created a book on Bookemon.com, which is available for purchase.
“I like how the Technology Extravaganza allows me to see multiple ways to use the same technology for different things,” said Kayla Koerner, a sixth-grade student at Madison Middle.
Students from Farristown and Caudill programmed their SumoBots to wrestle each other in a ring, and scrimmaged their robots Thursday in preparation for state STLP competition.
“Times are changing,” said Tina Barrett, the district’s technology integration specialist.
The awards ceremony shows how much Madison County Schools is changing with the times to meet the needs of the students, she said.
“This night is an annual tribute to the good things happening in classrooms across this great district with integrating technology into instruction,” said Barrett. “The products our students are creating get better year after year.”
The awards ceremony was streamed live and can be viewed at http://www.ihigh.com/madisoncentralky