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DISTRICT CIO

By Ariana Fine

Designing games
Evergreen Public Schools hosted its first Game Design Expo
in Vancouver, Washington, showcasing more than 50 video
games and interactive apps developed by nearly 70 high
school students.
Throughout a semester-long design class, students created
mini-games to learn the cause-and-effect logic behind programming. Producing a story, game or interactive app for the
expo motivated the high schoolers to solve challenges and to
explore computer science careers.
"We wanted students to show their ideas, their processes
and what they need to work on-they didn't realize how
much they had actually accomplished in a short period of
time," says computer science teacher Jason Westerbur. "And
they gained confidence-boosting networking experiences with
industry and university contacts at the expo."
One student developed an interactive, anime-style novel
that lets viewers control characters' conversations, while a

Makerspace recommendations
Recommendations for creating K12 makerspaces from
The ExCITe Center at Drexel University, which recently
undertook a nationwide study of makerspaces.

2

Recruit75%
inclusively and
avoid exclusionary
language 53%

1

Start by
building
a culture,
which is the foundation for
learning

3

Be aware of implicit
biases (gender
and other)
in language
and instruction

5

4

Make intentional
choices
to allow
different
outcomes

6

Target projects that
improve the organization
and can engage
the community

Maximize hours
for makerspace
availability

7

Foster sharing
of knowledge
with a broader community

Source: "Making Culture," The ExCITe Center, Drexel University
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COMPETITIVE CREATIONS-The inaugural Game
Design Expo at Evergreen Public Schools (Wash.)
showcased student skill and creativity.

classmate created a simple game that requires players to collect objects that help them escape from a room. Two others
teamed to craft a 3D adventure in which a lost, young dinosaur has to find a way back to its family.
The enthusiasm has already paid off as the students placed
in competitions at the 2018 SkillsUSA Washington Leadership and Skills Conference, and entered the Oregon Game
Project Competition.

3D-printed tool
protects first responders
A flexible plastic box printed from a school's 3D
printer could hold the answer to keeping first responders safe from exposed needles in the midst of an opioid
epidemic that has affected communities nationwide.
Over the course of four months, a group of design/
modeling students at Ashland Middle School in Kentucky created the needle retriever prototype, incorporating feedback from local police chiefs, health departments and other emergency personnel. Technology
educators at Shawnee State University taught students
about how the box could be mass produced.
Plastic teeth on one side of the hollow device allow
first responders to grab discarded needles without
poking themselves. Another cylinder-shaped prototype
that the students created fits into a police evidence bag.
In the second part of the year-long project, the
students developed a website to log needle or drug
paraphernalia pickups. The data steers law enforcement toward high-traffic areas.
The students' work has been recognized in both the
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest and Community Choice Awards, earning $170,000 to be used for
school technology.
The Ashland ISD is now looking at cost-effective
ways to produce the injury-saving device, says David
Greene, Ashland Middle School's principal.
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