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05/30/03

Gradeschool Web Designers Take Second in State

You remember middle school, and those research projects. You'd spend weeks, sometimes months, digging through books and articles and writing. Then, all your hard work would get filed away somewhere and forgotten. We found one group of middle schoolers whose project will stick around for a while, and maybe even help the next student's research, thanks the world wide web.

The seventh and eighth graders of the Powerful Predators team put the results of their labor online for all to see, and even took second place in a statewide competition for their design. They spent months researching wild animals and building a website to share with the world. Teachers tell us they did all the work themselves.

"We had to spend most of the time at the beginning just searching on websites, writing down references, going through encyclopedias to get where we wanted to be, but we found a lot of information," said team member Jessie Peek.

"We wrote it all out in categories, like their behavior, habitat, location, reproductive, and all that," added teammate Alex DeMaio.

It's part of a program called PROMOTE Georgia. Teachers get their training at Armstrong State's computer lab.

"PROMOTE is a project-based program that has teams of students designing web pages," explained Armstrong's training coordinator Carol Melton. "And the important thing is it's curriculum-based. They look at what they're learning about and create a website that other students could learn that same material, but using the website."

It was a lot of work, but building websites may just play a role in their futures.

"Designing websites would be a lot of fun," said Jessie. And Alex?

"Probably not," he laughed.

Wherever they end up, their hard work has paid off, as this team took second place out of all the teams that competed state wide. Teachers and students learned a lot in this program, and plan to take part again next year.

Reported by: Charles Gray, cgray@wtoc.com

 

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