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Boyd County Student Technology Leadership Program Blazes Road to Rupp Highlights
Students from Boyd County Schools traveled to Rupp Arena Thursday, April 18, to compete in the State Championship for the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP). They were among 14,000 students and teachers from around the state that attended the competition. The Student Technology Leadership Program charges students with developing and implementing a project the students are passionate about either to assist their community, improve classroom learning, display technical expertise, or establish an entrepreneurial effort.
Teams from across Kentucky participated in regional competitions in the fall. Students prepared a pitch presentation for the regional competition and judges. Judges provided feedback about the project and ideas to implement. Only the student teams that qualified at a regional competition were able to advance to the state competition. Each Boyd County school that sent a team of students qualified for the state competition.
Boyd County Middle School students Aleigha Neice, Ryker Bush, Olivia Weatherholt, and Kizer Conn developed a project titled Room to Relax that met both a community need and improved instruction at their school. The students designed a relaxation room where students can access stress relieving technology interventions.
Colby Winters, sophomore at Boyd County High School, and Hunter Dockins, freshman, based a project on scientific research published showing that a specific algae, when deprived of sulfur, can be used to produce hydrogen. “We investigated a clean source of hydrogen in order to reduce dependence on current methods that produce greenhouse gasses,” said Winters.
Cannonsburg Elementary sent two teams of students. Both teams focused on meeting a need of their community. One team consisted of Kaleb Kelley, Conner Davis, and Josh Kelley. They worked to organize dismissal procedures titled “Tigers Big Pickup”. The other team consisted of Skylee Rogusky, Haleigh Sharp, Hailey Cassity, Mia Brandenburg, Daisy Yoakem, Bella Litteral, and Olivia Phillips. These students oversaw a blessing box to assist students and in gaining access to necessities like hygiene items and cold weather gear, as well as, single-serve food items for students who often go hungry in the evening.
Catlettsburg Elementary had three teams of students qualify. One group of students put a new spin on school announcements for a community project. Olivia Steele, Raegan Payne, Ruby Fields, Tori Lenarz worked on WBURG News, a daily news show to inform students, teachers, and parents about upcoming events and school activities.
Another team of students, Ashley Dockins, Natalee Ruggles, Shelby Gilbert, and Riley Nelson, tackled a technical project to improve instruction with the Cats Clay project. They learned to use a stop motion app on the iPad to make claymation videos. Videos were uploaded into iMovie to add audio. These videos along with other technologies were used to teach sight words to kindergarten students.
Finally Dawson Wada, Bo Shannon, Jake Gibson, and Hunter Evans worked on an entrepreneurial project, The Cats’ Creations, in which students learn to use a 3-D printer and various technologies as part of a school business.
Summit Elementary sent a team of four students who had created a book review website. . Their instructional project involved interviewing students to share opinions about books with other students.