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Davis students present project at state conference

ATLANTA -- Three eighth-grade students from Davis Middle School recently showcased the use of technology at a state Technology Conference for Educators in Atlanta.

Mykela Bolar, Coura Thiam and Elena Ramirez presented what they are learning in the eighth-grade Engineering and Technology class at Davis Middle.

Davis was one of four schools in the state of Georgia selected to test a new Engineering and Robotics course for middle school students as part of the Engineering and Robotics Curriculum Pilot Study through Race to the Top and Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing at Georgia Tech. The study will investigate whether the course is engaging and whether participating in the course increases students' learning and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Sony Gala, the engineering and technology teacher at Davis Middle, attended a week-long summer orientation at CEISMC to prepare for this course. The orientation included curriculum training, equipment training and hands-on activities. She will be required to undergo additional one-day training sessions every nine weeks.

This pilot program runs 2012 through 2014.

The engineering and technology program at Davis Middle has received equipment and consumables for the classroom through CEISMC RT3 funds from the Department of Education. The classroom has received 24 LEGO robot kits, 12 laptops, Software, a 3-D printer, printer consumables and on-going teacher support.

At the showcase, the students met with educators and technology vendors and explained their project assignment and how it integrated STEM and Career, Technology and Agriculture Education standards in order to find a solution to a real world problem.