UCS students model effective use of technology for state lawmakers
UCS students model effective use of technology for state lawmakers
Posted on 12/16/2019
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Three UCS elementary schools were among a select few in the state to bring cutting edge and innovative technology demonstrations from their classroom to lawmakers at the state Capitol Building.

The 19th annual AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase took place Wednesday, December 4 in the state Capitol Building.

Presented by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), and underwritten by AT&T, the 2019 Student Technology Showcase featured demonstrations from students representing more than 35 different schools.

UCS schools at the showcase included Crissman, Dresden and Flickinger elementaries. 

At Dresden Elementary, students said before the event that their message the lawmakers and other conference attendees is that learning how to code in elementary school will build a foundation of problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills.

The basic computer science principles learned by UCS elementary students encourage them to be creators with technology not just consumers. Teachers want to inspire the creators of the future.

“Project C.O.D.E.  is really fun and interesting,” said Dresden fifth grader Lilly McNair. 

Below are the descriptions of projects presented by UCS schools.

Dresden Elementary School
Teacher: Cheryl Boes
Students: Georgia DiFalco, Lilly McNair, Van O’Brien, and Vito Pantalena

Project CODE

Project CODE offers a unique way to engage K-6 students with computer science technology. Grant money funded the purchase of four mobile coding labs equipped with iPads, Micro:bits, Osmos, Dash and Dot robots and more. To promote equity and access to STEM instruction, Project CODE ensures that teachers can promote collaboration, communication and problem solving. Exposing students to basic coding, CS fundamentals and vocabulary will prepare them for the future. These mobile coding labs bring excitement and enthusiasm to the coding that the students have learned online.

Crissman Elementary School
Teachers: Courtney Conley and Holly Schomaker
Students: Addison Bultynck, Madison Roarty, Isabella Slessor, and Addison

Green Screen and Ozobot Travels!

I'm a Michigan Kid!! Green Screen and Ozobot travels! Fourth grade students completed an activity on a Michigan landmark or place of interest. Students shared their findings with lawmakers through a Makerspace project. Students could choose to create a green screen video  on Michigan using a Padcaster and Green Screen funded through a MACUL Technology  grant or use Ozobots funded by the UCS Foundation Grant to code a path through a Michigan Place. 

Flickinger Elementary School
Teacher: Kathy Miskokomon
Students: Shila Lepuri, Travis Noteboom, Adam Shimmell, and Gabriella Watson

Flickinger’s Nation News Team

Flickinger Fifth and Sixth Grade students showcased how students can lead a school News Team. With streaming live to a YouTube channel, our audience grows from just our immediate viewers to the friends and families of our community around the world. Our Falcon Nation News Team not only broadcasts our daily news, but also broadcasts school assemblies and special events. The team even broadcasted live from the Capitol! Our Student Tech Team demonstrated how the Padcaster technology and app works behind the camera makes it all happen.