Middle school students taking Technology Education classes are honing skills they will showcase at the Frederick County Public Schools’ Technology Fair on Monday, February 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the FCPS Career and Technology Center (CTC). This event is open to the public to watch students compete in various contests. Some CTC programs will also have hands-on demonstrations and activities. An awards ceremony will follow after the competition ends at about 6:30 p.m.
Selected students will participate in one of the following contests:
· All Wound Up: Two sixth-grade students from each middle school’s Technology Exposition classes construct rubber-band cars and adjust the specifications to travel the greatest distance.
· Hovercraft: In a one-hour challenge, two eighth-grade problem-solving teams from each middle school put their crafts through a timed trial across a specified distance; the fastest Hovercraft wins.
· Bridge Engineering: Eighth-grade teams from each school design and build a weight-bearing soda-straw bridge; the design that withstands the heaviest weight wins.
· Design Challenges: Teams of sixth-grade Technology Exposition students and seventh-grade Invention and Innovation students have one hour to solve a design-challenge problem using materials provided.
· Video Challenge: Seventh-grade students in Computer Science Investigation classes showcase videos they scripted and recorded to promote career and technical education incorporating the theme, “What would the world look like without computer technology?”
· Computer Science Coding Challenge: Seventh-grade students in Computer Science Investigation classes have one hour to plan and program a solution to a scenario.
. Food Challenge: Eighth graders prepare a dish and are judged on food presentation, cooking skills, kitchen performance and food taste.
· Breakout: Sixth graders engage in an Escape Room-type problem-solving activity.
Come see the fun as students compete, and learn about what Career Technology Education offers.
In the event of inclement weather, the Technology Fair will take place Wednesday, February 26. For more information, please call 301-644-5188.