• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Students to showcase tech projects on March 23

SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY students Grace Pitchford, Hampton Graham, Kurt Philpot, Javon Courtney and Cash Carpenter, pictured clockwise, from lower left, worked on their robotics projects. Meghan Bottom, district Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) coordinator, described next Thursday's District Showcase as a chance for parents to see what STLP students are doing in school to nurture technology skills. (Photo submitted)

Elementary students will participate in the first-ever District Showcase of the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) in Woodford County Public Schools on Thursday, March 23, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the library at Southside Elementary. In the past, student technology leaders have only gotten to share what they've learned in their own elementary schools, according to district STLP Coordinator Meghan Bottom. She described the upcoming District Showcase as a chance for parents and other adults in the community to see what these STLP students - mostly third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from all four elementary schools - are doing in school to nurture technology skills. So she's "incredibly excited" about giving them this opportunity. Their interests range from digital art and photography to robotics and computer coding (similar to programming), according to Bottom. She said STLP students are also leaders in terms of helping other students learn how to use specific computer applications in their classes. "STPL is completely student-driven," explained Bottom. "It's whatever they're interested in (doing) as long it somehow incorporates technology." She said many activities related to the use of technology are happening in classrooms - not just the Student Technology Leadership Program. Some of those class projects are also being showcased next Thursday. "And we're going to have some interactive stations as well," said Bottom. "So our students will be actually demonstrating robotics and coding and some of the other (technology-related) activities during the showcase." This year's District Showcase will also include projects that have qualified for the state STLP competition at the University of Kentucky in about a month, Bottom said. She hopes to broaden the District Showcase to include STLP students from the middle and high schools in coming years.

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