If you’ve never been to the STLP State Championship, you’re missing out.
Elementary, middle and high school students from all over the Commonwealth converged on the Lexington Convention Center April 12 with projects that dazzled the mind. The students showcased sumo wrestling robots, virtual reality headsets, 3D printers, drones, video cameras, vinyl T-shirt presses and more.
The Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) focuses on project-based learning to help students incorporate technology into solving school and community needs.
“The whole goal of our project was to work out ways to improve communication inside the school and with the outside community,” said Michael Kidd, a 7th-grader at John M. Stumbo Elementary (Floyd County), as he set up a video camera and radio microphone at his team’s booth.
Not all the projects were focused on technology though.
Students from James E. Bazzell Middle School (Allen County) presented on the techniques they used to grow their school’s STLP club.
“We grew by over 20 members in around a month,” said 8th-grader Brady Johnson, as he and his teammates huddled around a human skull covered in foam insulation.
“It’s to signify expansion,” said 8th-grader Emma Robison.
Other STLP teams used their projects to raise money for local charities or school projects.
Along with presenting their projects, students also had the opportunity to watch as VEX robots wrestled in a tournament, play with Makey Makey circuit boards, watch model car races and more.
The amount of activity is almost overwhelming.
“It’s crazy, but it’s a lot of fun,” said Brenna Lambert, a 5th-grader at Anne Mason Elementary (Scott County). “It’s very neat.”
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