CIU20 Planning Regional High School and Middle School Computer Fairs and Annual STAR Awards Banquet (3/15/2011)
The annual regional High School and Middle School Computer fair for schools in Pike, Monroe and Northampton counties is currently in the final planning stages. The fairs are being held on the same date and in the same location this year to allow districts to participate while saving on the cost of providing transportation to two different locations on different days. East Stroudsburg University has once again agreed to host the computer fair and graciously provides lunch in their cafeteria for all attendees. First place winners will advance to the state competitions which will be held at Dickinson College on May 24th and 25th for the high school and middle school respectively. Students participating in the fairs will be provided with educational technology work sessions during the day while their projects are being judged.
Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 is expecting more than 150 students to participate from nearly all of the school districts in the three-county region. Students generally spend between 50 and 100 hours developing their projects and often use their projects to support other school events. The high school students compete in nine categories that are established by the state computer fair committee. These include Computer Fair Logo Design, Curriculum-based Web Page Design, Digital Movies, Graphic Design, Information-Based Web Page Design, Multimedia Presentations, Programming and Text-based Desktop Publishing. Middle School students compete in six categories that include Animation, Computer Fair Logo Design, Digital Movies, Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design, Multimedia Presentations and Web Page Design.
The regional and state computer fair competitions have continued through the efforts of the Intermediate Units and generous sponsorships despite the elimination of funding for these events by the state Department of Education.
CIU20 is also busy planning the third annual STAR (Superior Technology Achievement Recognition) awards banquet. School districts have nominated teachers, coaches and administrators and submitted work samples for judging. Final nominees have been selected and notified and they are busy preparing the video vignettes that will be shown on the night of the awards. Our Culinary Arts teacher and students are busy preparing to provide a unique and delicious meal for the evenings’ activities as well as hours de oeuvres preceding the dinner. We expect to have a dynamic keynote speaker from the Department of Education as in the past and are pleased to invite all of the CIU20 Board members to participate in the event. This is a great opportunity to celebrate achievement and excellence in technology with your teachers, coaches and administrators.