On Saturday, March 11, students representing several schools across the Ware County district competed in the Georgia Educational Technology Fair, held at the Macon campus of Middle Georgia State University. Seven students returned to The Swamp bearing trophies and bragging rights to a first place, second place, and third place win.
The vision of the Georgia Educational Technology Fair is to challenge students to become leaders in a digital age by developing skills in technology, creativity and innovation, communication, confidence, advocacy, and digital citizenship. Competition categories include 3D Modeling, Animation, Audio Production, Device Modification, Digital Game, Design, Digital Photo Production, Graphic Design, Internet Applications, Mobile Apps, Multimedia Applications, Productivity Design, Programming Challenge, Project Programming, Robotics, Tech Literacy Challenge, and Video Production.
Memorial Drive students Preston H. and Demetrius B. competed in the 5/6 grade band and secured a third place win in the area of Multimedia Applications. Anna M. and Ruby L. of Waycross Middle School competed in the 7/8 grade band and earned a second place win in the area of Animation.
Ware County High School representatives won two medals, with Lewis A. and Mureed S. placing second in the area of Device Modification in the 11/12 grade band and Ethan T. capturing first place in the area of Animation in the 11/12 grade band.
For their award-winning project, Lewis and Mureed designed EKKO, a Smart mirror that will display all the information one will need throughout the day, such as email, newsfeed, and the weather. When the duo originally designed the mirror, they envisioned the EKKO utilized as a bathroom mirror used during the morning dressing routine to jump-start their day. Now, the duo believes EKKO can be serviceable in any environment, any time of day. Lewis and Mureed also earned $250 Category Scholarships, which are awarded to the highest-placing high school senior in each category.
For his state-winning project, Ethan created the cartoon Nikoria featuring two aliens, Niknox and Niknak, whose spaceship crashes on Earth. Ethan’s brother, Connor, takes credit for the storyline, but Ethan is the budding animator that actually drew and animated each character and scene. While the process was tedious and took him seven months to complete, Ethan said he loved bringing the characters to life through animation. He created the storyboard, recruited family members for the voice-overs, and then edited the final product. Ethan’s work is truly an original creation! Nikoria is a pilot episode and can be found at Newgrounds.com, an entertainment website that features the works of writers, artists, and musicians. Ethan is working on the next episode of Nikoria, so stay tuned!
The Ware County Media Specialists, who work closely in preparing students for the regional and state competitions, are proud of the creativity and innovation students displayed and invite you to contact them to learn more.
Memorial Drive students Preston H. (left) and Demetrius B. competed in the 5/6 grade band and secured a third place win in the area of Multimedia Applications.
Anna M. and Ruby L. of Waycross Middle School competed in the 7/8 grade band and earned a second place win in the area of Animation.
Lewis A. and Mureed S. placed second in the area of Device Modification in the 11/12 grade band.
Ethan T. captured first place in the area of Animation in the 11/12 grade band.