The Person County Technology Fair is an annual student competition that gives 3-12 graders the opportunity to showcase their innovative use of technology in daily learning. This competition is open to all Person County School (PCS) students and included a school level Technology Tournament, where all first place winners advance to compete in the district level PCS Technology Fair.
On February 16 the Technology Fair visited Piedmont Community College (PCC) where 45 students from the new Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership (PECIL) showcased their projects.
During the program students are required to demonstrate their project, demonstrate an understanding of the software they used as it relates to their project, explain the various aspects of the creation of their project, defend their choice of software for the project, and answer questions for the guest judges within a 15 minute time period. Project scores were based on originality, documentation, completion, understanding, and intended purpose.
The PECIL Technology Fair top awards were presented to:
Multimedia: computer-based reports or creative presentations using any combination of sound and/or images with text
• 1st place: Jalear Brogdon
• 2nd place: Sean Reaves, Austin Mathews
• 3rd place: Makayla Ridgeway, Gereka Richmond
Digital Video Production: edited original video content
• 1st place: Kenli Whitlow
• 2nd place: Jackson Evans, Jourdyn Harris
• 3rd place: Matthew Lopez
Digital Audio Production: original audio production that has been edited/produced with digital software
• 1st place: Caitlin Staton
• 2nd place: Casey Blalock
• 3rd place: Raul Rodriguez, Coleman Masten
Internet Applications: original creation of a web-based application
• 1st place: Tori Reed
• 1st place: Joshua Taborn, Kharon Gh’rael
3D Modeling: original artwork that has been created and can be modeled in three dimensions
• 1st place: Austin Vargo, Corey Reed
• 2nd place: Justis Ash
Non-Animated Graphic Design (Photo): original computer created project using original student photograph(s)
• 1st place: Mikalia Pervis, Haleigh Norton
• 2nd place: Kirsten Hatt, Lauralin Leonard
Animated Graphic Design: computer-generated, non-animated graphic design project
• 1st place: Jonithan Christian, Charlotte Fitzgerald
• 2nd place: Briana Bradsher, Rochelle Burgess
• 3rd place: Isaiah Chambers
Digital Game Design: original content and the rules of an interactive game
• 1st place: Jeremy Blackwell, John Conway
Productivity Design: student created, computer-generated project that uses desktop publishing or general productivity software
• 1st place: Marisa Smith, Aubrey Ray
• 1st place: Jonithan Christian and Charlotte Fitzgerald (team); Tori Reed
• 2nd place: Jalear Brogdon
• 3rd place: Kenli Whitlow
“The students of Person Early College hosted a wonderful Technology Tourney!,” shared PECIL Principle, Shirlrona P. Johnson. “This was the first tournament the students had ever participated in and we are very proud of their hard work and their dedication to their school. We appreciated the time that the judges gave to us in order to see all the projects and talk with the students about the way in which learning is occurring in their classrooms.”
During the preparing process, students also identified the type of Digital Age learners they are based on the 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. These standards help learning become more of a student centered process as teachers design projects and activities for students that allow them to create, collaborate, and communicate.
PECIL is a small learning community where administration, staff, and students know each other and learn in a cohort of 20-25 students per class. The Mission of the school is “to provide a highly supportive and academically challenging learning environment for students in programs for Health Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology, and Transfer (HATT), so that they may graduate as service-oriented leaders prepared to enter college and to compete globally in STEM-related careers.”
Offering a unique learning experience with a curricular focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), PECIL offers pathways that provide comprehensive instruction allowing students a variety of avenues for learning critically and creatively. For example, all courses incorporate project-based and linked learning. As a result there are opportunities for mentorships with community business partners, field trips to businesses and colleges, and service learning projects (local, regional, national, and international).
Leadership is also encouraged through service learning, student council, competitive events, student led conferences, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and a character/leadership curriculum.
Photos: First place event winners: Jonithan Christian and Charlotte Fitzgerald (team); Tori Reed