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Great Computer Challenge 2011

Congratulations to all of the Great Computer Challenge teams for 2011!!

Picts from the Senior Competition.

Picts from the Junior Competition.

Never heard of the Great Computer Challenge? Here's a couple of videos to give you an idea of what happens at this student competition which teaches the students how to work together as they work on real world computer problems.

 

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Mark Your Calendars for the 27th Annual
Great Computer Challenge 2012
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March 17, 2012

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GRADES K-5

April 28, 2012


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Senior Great Computer Challenge-Grades 6-12
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Old Dominion University, Webb Center
Norfolk, Virginia

6-12 Students Take On The Challenge!

Imagine this, 117 teams with up to 5 students on each team, with each team bringing their own computer, met at Old Dominion University to compete against other schools in Desktop Publishing, Graphic Arts, Desktop Presentations, Web Design, Music Composition, Integrated Applications, Visual Basic, Scientific/Non-Business Programming, CAD, JAVA, and Video Editing. These teams had spent months preparing for a problem that they had never seen before. With the support of their teacher sponsor, they were ready to take on the challenge. These teams gathered from all over the Hampton Roads area including Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Middlesex, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and York, as well as several of the local independent schools including Bishop Sullivan Catholic H.S., Broadwater Academy, Faith Academy School of Excellence, Norfolk Academy, Peninsula Catholic H.S, St. Gregory the Great, St Mary Star of the Sea, St. Pius X School, and Virginia Beach Friends School. Winners for the Senior Division can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here.

During the competition, some of the other activities that occurred included:

Showing in the cafeteria was Net Files. Now in its eleventh season, Net Files continues to keep teachers on top of Internet integration. See the tools, sights, and equipment needed to be Net Wise andNetFiles visit Net Classrooms where teachers seamlessly integrate the Internet into their lesson plans and student activities. Net Safety segments provide online Internet Safety resources and inform teachers of potential problems before they encounter them in the classroom.
www.netfiles.org

The Mock Competition, where coaches and parents were able to work on problems they chose, using computers that they brought with them.

Many joined Dawn Eibel of Norfolk to learn what the buzz is about using iPods and/or iTouch iPods in the classroom during the session, I Can, I Play, I Learn, all with an iPod iTouch. Participants found out some of the great ways that you can utilize these in the classroom. Can't use them in the classroom, but have a child who has one? Maximize their usage of the iTouch. It isn't just for playing games, emailing, or going on social networking sites.

Got Google? Sponsors came to learn that Google is so much more than a search engine from Anita Harris of Sussex. This session introduced participants to the world of Google Docs and other cool features. These features help to make your life more productive and allow you to work smarter and not harder. Visit Anita's wiki for some great resources.

Janene Gorham of Virginia Beach wowed the group with a session called Web 2.0 And You. Blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networks...feeling behind and are not sure you can catch up? Folks joined her to explore the rapidly growing world of free Web 2.0 tools such as VoiceThread, flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Google Apps, and more. An overview of Web 2.0 tools were shared that can be used both personally ODU Admissionsand professionally. Visit Janene's wiki for some great resources. http://web20-gcc.wikispaces.com/

ODU Admissions not only did a session, but had a breakfast available to parents, students, and sponsors. During the session parents and students were able to learn about the Admissions process. Any further questions can be addressed to Lynn McMillan, lmcmulli@odu.edu.


 

 

 

View the slideshow for a preview of the day's events, 26th Annual GCC, Senior Competition, March 5, 2011.
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Junior Great Computer - Grades K-5
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Old Dominion University, Webb Center
Norfolk, Virginia

K-5 Students Take On The Challenge!

Imagine this, 95 teams with up to 3 students on each team, with each team bringing their own computer, meeting at Old Dominion University to compete against other schools in Desktop Publishing, Graphic Arts, Desktop Presentations, the Internet Scavenger Hunt, and Video Editing. Teams have spent months preparing for a problem that they have never seen before. With the support of their teacher sponsor, they are ready to take on the challenge. These teams gathered on May 14, 2011 from all over the Hampton Roads area, including Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, as well as several of the local independent schools including Broadwater Academy, Faith Academy, Hampton Roads Academy, Norfolk Collegiate, and St. Pius X. Winners for the Junior Division can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here.

During the competition, some of the other activities that occurred included:

Showing in the cafeteria was Net Files. Now in its eleventh season, Net Files continues to keep teachers on top of Internet integration. See the tools, sights, and equipment needed to be Net Wise andNetFiles visit Net Classrooms where teachers seamlessly integrate the Internet into their lesson plans and student activities. Net Safety segments provide online Internet Safety resources and inform teachers of potential problems before they encounter them in the classroom.
www.netfiles.org

The Mock Competition, where coaches and parents were able to work on problems they chose, using computers that they brought with them.

Diane Blowe of Norfolk had the young and old gather to learn about video editing in her session, Light...Camera...Making the Final Cut. They learned how to create a video using MovieMaker, and even had time to burn their creations to a CD and take them home.

The room was packed with folks interested in Learning About How to Participate in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition. Karen Arnett and John Sammons of Chesapeake shared with the participants the LEGO table setup, website information, project examples, and information to get a team started.

Charlie Morse of Williamsburg brought with him Two Constructivist Tools from the Web: Scratch and Fantastic Contraption.

Scratch and Fantastic Contraption are two constructivist programs that are free to anyone with an internet connection.
http://scratch.mit.edu/
http://www.fantasticcontraption.net/

Scratch is a new (downloadable) programming language that makes it easy for students to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Fantastic Contraption is described as a “fun online physics puzzle game.” The authors might also say that it is an activity that can be used to teach simple machines, basics physics, planning, estimating, and conceptualizing solutions. Students can create and save designs to their own user accounts.
WHRO Kids
Martha Razor of WHRO had many participants join her inthe WHRO Kids Room. Activities included Word Girl word searches, Sid The Science Kid experiments, Create a Share A Story Book, and other PBS Kids arts & crafts.



Virginia's PBS TeacherLineVirginia's Community of Anytime Knowledge

Curious About Online Learning? Come Check Out What Virginia’s PBS TeacherLine & Virginia’s Community of Anytime Knowledge Have To Offer!

Michelle Adams was at the Great Computer Challenge presenting info on Virginia's PBS TeacherLine as well as Virginia's Community of Anytime Knowledge.

Virginia’s PBS TeacherLine and Virginia’s Community of Anytime Knowledge offer a unique collection of resources that provide educators with “one-stop shopping” for flexible, high-quality online professional development. The variety of courses enable you to stay on top of the latest technology trends, tap the best practices and earn recertification points and graduate credit from the comfort of your own home. Over 100 courses are available in Reading and Language Arts, Math, Science, Stem, Instructional Technology and Instructional Strategies developed for educators in grades PreK-12. Come learn how you can expand your use of technology in the classroom and strengthen your students’ academic skills! At this session, one lucky person was awarde wtih a free course certificate.

Questions about TeacherLine
info@virginiateacherline.org
866.851.3677
www.virginiateacherline.org

Questions about Virginia's Community of Anytime Knowledge
info@anytimeknowledge.org
866.559.2353
www.anytimeknowledge.org

ODU Admissions

 

 

ODU Admissions was back again providing breakfast to parents, students, and sponsors. Any further questions can be addressed to Lynn McMillan, lmcmulli@odu.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

View the slideshow for a preview of the day's events, 26th Annual GCC, Junior Competition, May 14, 2011
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http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

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Congratulations to Greenbrier Intermediate First Place Graphic Arts team, and congratulations to all of the other teams that competed in 2011.

Graphic Arts
Level 2
First Place

Greenbrier Intermediate
Chesapeake
Teacher Sponsor
Melissa Springer
Students
Jena Essary
Alexis Jones
Jordan Walsh

Greenbrier Intermediate

Click here for a larger view of the winning solutions

Click here to view the full problem the Level 2 Graphic Arts teams were challenged with.


Click here for Level 4 -
1st Place

Video Editing Winner

Virginia Beach Freinds School , Independent
Teacher Sponsor
s
Cheryl Dronzek
Students
Ryan Cleland
Nick Cook
Evan Firestone
Caitlin Jennings

Click here for Level 4 -
1st Place

Web Design Winner

Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach
Teacher Sponsor

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Casey McCulloch
Nicole Abejon
Ricky Segarra
Dejuan Morgan
Robert Plaugher


Video Editing Level 2

Click here for Level 2 -
3rd Place

Video Editing Winner

Greenbrier Intermediate, Chesapeake
Teacher Sponsor
John Sammons
Students
Maya Brown
Shawn Murphy
Lydia Weisberg


What would you have created?

Level 3 Desktop Publishing Teams were given a problem to design documents for a week-long summer camp for kids ages 6-12. Below is a portion of the problem and one team’s solutions. Click here for the full problem.

Scenario:
The summer camp owner needs a logo, a theme and a name. They also need you to design a flyer, a postcard, and a business card to help advertise for the summer camp. The owner would like for you to think of a name for the camp, design a logo, and a theme for all the advertising documents. The purpose of the camp is to educate kids about the environmental issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. The camp participants will enjoy events such as kayaking, hiking, plant and animal identification, wetland and ecosystem preservation, swimming, fishing and crabbing!

The solution below was submitted by Faith Academy, Independent

Desktop Publishing - Level 3- 3rd Place
Faith Academy, Independent
Sponsors:
Karen Reaves
Students:
Khyla Williams
Tamia Small
Ephraim Jackson

Business Card

Faith Academy

Faith Academy 3rd place

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Picts from the Senior Competition.

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Picts from the Junior Competition.

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