PRESTONSBURG – Ten Floyd County Schools competed in the state Student Technology Leadership Program competition on Friday (April 22). Multiple Floyd County students made an impact during the state competition.
Scratch Ambassador: Todd Prater from James A. Duff Elementary was selected by interview during regional competition to serve as a Scratch Ambassador at the 2016 State STLP Championships. Scratch Ambassador is a block based programming language created by M.I.T. to help students learn to create stories, animations and games.
Prater was one of only thirteen elementary students selected in the state to help assist students in the Scratch Playground. He answered questions and helped guide other students wanting to learn Scratch.
Bench Challenge: Landon Hall and Paul Sparkman, eighth grade students from Allen Central Middle School, placed first in the Bench Challenge at the 2016 State STLP Championships. This competition consists of two parts. First, students complete a written assessment about computer issues. Then the top four scoring teams at each level (K-5th, 6th-8th and 9th-12th) proceed to the next part of the challenge. During the Bench Challenge, teams were given a computer that did not work and they had to troubleshoot the issue and repair the computer. The students tag-team the repair in that only one student at a time can work on the computer and the student who isn’t working on the computer isn’t allowed to see what his/her teammate is doing.
Best Showcase Project from Regional Group: Allen Central Middle School sixth-graders Ally Stumbo, Gabby Howard, Amelia Wallace and Madison Thornsberry’s project “How Do I?” advanced to Level 3 and was awarded Best Showcase Project from Regional Group. The project is a series of video tutorials demonstrating how to save files, attach files to email, change proxy settings, bookmark websites, etc. Before competitions, QR codes linking to the videos were posted in the school hallways so that students could access the videos when necessary.
“We’re very proud to have had so many of our students competing at the state level and we want to again congratulate these students from Duff and Allen Central Middle on their results,” said Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb. “I was impressed with their work and the work of other students from the state. Competing at the state level gives our KIDS even more ideas of what’s possible and what can be accomplished and that’s a great lesson.”