Competing at Kentucky’s Student Technology Leadership Program’s state championship, Maryville Elementary School made an auspicious debut.
“All of the kids did a wonderful job today and represented Maryville very well,” said STLP Coordinator Kimberly Tabler who also participated for the first time in the state event held last month at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.
Plaques were awarded to students for NKU Mobile App and Proven Learning Quick Tech Recall.
For the NKU Mobile App, Tabler explained that students created an app that could be connected to STEAM standards.
“Students Wade Wilson, Brady Wooldridge, Caleb Day, Erik Taylor, and Tre Arms had been learning about Pi in Math and they decided to do an app called Pac Math,” she said. “In the game, you have to collect pi and when you do, you read a math question.”
Austin Alexander and Jonathan Broughton competed in the Proven Learning Quick Tech Recall event. Jonathan earned 2nd place. They answered technology questions by completing a scantron.
Students Wade Wilson and Brady Wooldridge competed in the Bench Challenge which was divided into two rounds. In Round 1, students had to answer multiple choice questions about computer networks, troubleshooting, coding, etc. They scored in the Top 5 which moved them to Round 2 and the challenge of troubleshooting a computer in a time limit.
Shelby Lucado participated in Photo On Demand. “Shelby was given a theme and had to compose a picture in a given time period,” Tabler said.
Rory Flick, Austin Adams, Raine Ryan, Kendall Barrett, Katrina Underwood and Maddie O'Brien competed in KY Tourism by creating a movie about local tourist attractions. “They collected pictures and videotaped people about local attractions,” Tabler said.
Abbie Lawson and Jaden Sanders participated in the Georgetown College Robot challenge. “They had to program a robot to do something, in this case pick up trash,” Tabler said.
In the Minds on Innovation category, Jaden Sanders, Austin Alexander, Savannah Hilbert, Lynnsey White, Taylor O'Neal, and Taylor Robinette were required to come up with an invention that would solve a problem.
“They called their invention Unimate,” Tabler said. “It was used to solve problems like pollution, smoking, world hunger and daily problems. It was designed to look like a robot. They had to present and give a marketing campaign.”
Savannah Hilbert, Lynnsey White, Taylor O'Neal, Taylor Robinette, and Maddie O'Brien participated in Cinemania. “Students were given elements to add to video. They then had 48 hours to write a script, video, edit, and upload a movie with as many of the elements as they could,” Tabler explained.
Maryville Principal Ruth Esterle saluted the STLP team and their efforts in an email to parents.
“This was the first time MES had a team participate at the state level,” Esterle said. “All of the students did an outstanding job and we had several students that placed. We are very proud of Mrs. Tabler and all of the STLP students. Way to go Patriots!” she said.
District Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) Susan Vincentz worked the STLP state championships and also praised Maryville’s team.
“This was Mrs. Tabler’s first year and the students’ first year in taking on this endeavor and I am very proud of her leadership and the students' accomplishments,” Vincentz said. “Even various parents that were there and via Facebook have had some very positive comments and are excited about the opportunity these students were given.”