In January, approximately 160 gifted and talented students gathered for the 9th annual GATE winter enrichment workshop. This year, the focus was on technology.
The 5th through 8th grade students participated in fun, educational, interactive sessions designed to expand their cutting-edge technology skills. Sessions included coding and gaming, iPad animation, video creation, website development, playground physics and more. After the morning sessions, students had an opportunity to share what they learned with their peers and teach mini lessons of their own.
The workshop was an extra curricular program for GATE students during their Winter Break. District teachers and tech experts taught the sessions. Students used Chromebook notebooks, iPads and other devices provided by the district.
"Children use technology every day, whether it's a smart phone or a gaming system," said event organizer and GATE adviser Gina Danley. "We want to take their interest and skill to the next level; show them how to not just use technology, but to create and expand its use. The Institute will give students the tools to become the next inventors and designers of technology's future."