The Ware County Media Specialists recently hosted the 2nd Annual Ware County Technology Fair at Waycross Middle School. Participant numbers more than doubled from last year’s event with 186 students competing in 13 different categories, including 3-D modeling, animation, audio production, device modification, digital game design, digital photo production, graphic design, internet application, mobile apps, multimedia applications, project programming, robotics, and video production. Community members from local organizations, businesses, and schools volunteered their morning to judge the technology projects.
Ware County Tech Fair judge Dr. Reba Smith stated, "The tech fair was extremely organized, and the climate of the day, while competitive in nature, was designed to support and encourage all students as they began or continued their skills development. Nothing in my wildest dreams could have prepared me for what I was going to experience as students’ explanations of their projects showed an unexpected depth of knowledge for their ages. Students were able to effectively articulate and communicate the processes they used to complete their projects.”
Dr. Smith went on to say, “All we hear about in the news is how many thousands of technology jobs there are and how students in the USA are not prepared for those jobs. Based on what I saw at the Ware County Tech Fair, I would have to disagree with the media. While some students went home with medals and some didn't, all of them have started their journeys of achieving the skills required for competing in the technology arena.”
Media Specialist Candice Rice summed up the day by saying, “It is so exciting to see what the students of Ware County are doing with technology! So many of our students are embracing technology, and the tech fair gives these students an opportunity to showcase their talents and meet like-minded students from other schools in our system. We are now looking forward to supporting our students at Region.”
The Ware County Media Specialists would like to extend a special thank you to all the judges, volunteers, and sponsors, without whom the Ware County District Tech Fair would not have been possible. Sponsors included Dairy Queen, Pope Pools, Coastal Pines, Chick-fil-A, Brantley King - Compass 360, and United 1st Federal Credit Union.
All first and second place winners will compete at the Okefenokee Regional Tech Fair at Blackshear Elementary School on January 21, 2017.
Pictured L-R Media Specialists Jessica Cox and Candice Rice discuss a Tech Fair project with Advisor Papani Saini and his students Nathan I. and Evan J.