An estimated 14,000 students, educators and parents converged on Lexington for the ninth annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on April 12th. The North Laurel Middle School STLP program competed and was rewarded State Runners Up in the 2017 Cinemania Competition.
P-12 students from across the state came to show what they know and are doing with technology in various STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) fields. Many demonstrated a wide variety career ready skills as they participated in nearly 50 different STLP competition areas.
STLP students create projects, products or services as part of the program and demonstrate their learning by competing in various event categories, including instructional, technical or community development projects; digital content creation such as digital art, photography, design, programming, app development and robotics; and technical services, like student help desk, network engineering, and wireless applications. Students with the best projects, products and services were invited to compete at the STLP State Championship.
The State Championship is almost entirely run by volunteers from across Kentucky; including the dozens of students that comprise the STLP Student Service Corps. These student leaders provided media coverage via STLP media outlets, produced a documentary of the day’s events, managed production of live video broadcasts, and provided all technical support for participants at the event. Working with volunteer professionals from the worlds of network engineering, systems management, higher education, and educational technology fields, the STLP Student Service Corps were the backbone that helped create an incredible day for everyone attending.
Over 550 STLP Projects were on display in Heritage Hall; each striving to be selected as a Best in State winner. Elsewhere, almost 300 Digital Product finalists were scored to find the 1st and 2nd place winners for each of 17 different STEAM related categories. There were also 26 different on-site Live Performance categories that challenged students to demonstrate specific technology skills on demand. Skills such as coding, game design, robot programming, engineering, podcasting, and media arts production were just a few of the Live Performance events happening throughout Lexington Center, Heritage Hall and Rupp Arena.
Winners by grade division (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) in each competition category were recognized during the STLP Award Ceremony broadcast live from the floor of Rupp Arena. The Top 3 Best in State STLP Projects will travel to San Antonio, TX in June to represent Kentucky at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference/Expo. Also named were the Best in State STLP Technical Projects and winners in all Live Performance and Digital Product categories. The STLP Award Ceremony is available to view from the KDE Media Portal at http://mediaportal.education.ky.gov/technology/2017/04/stlp-2017-championship-rupp-arena/
With 502 schools from 129 districts competing, the event was open to the public. Parents, Principals, Superintendents, school board members and legislators were all most welcomed at the STLP State Championship and students were excited to exhibit their projects, products and skills to demonstrate the valuable role that technology plays in their college and career readiness.
STLP uses project-based learning to empower student learning and achievement through the student creation of technology-based solutions to school and community needs.
STLP is open to all students, P-12, and taps into their interests by challenging and motivates them to explore new ways of learning and helping their school and community. KDE’s Office of Education Technology (OET) sponsors STLP events to highlight the creative, logical and often entrepreneurial talents of students across the Commonwealth.
North Laurel Middle Schools STLP State participants were; McKenzie House, Kaleigh Collett, Callie Feltner, Meg Anderson, Haley Griebel, Kinsley Blair, Hailee Valentine, Emily Blackburn, Ellisia Edwards, Olivia Rudder, Allison Pham, Robbie Thornhill, Zoe Yaden.
For more information about STLP, please visit http://stlp.education.ky.gov/