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Harless Center hosts end-of-year showcase

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Students from seven West Virginia counties and Lawrence County, Ohio, took part in an event April 15 to showcase the work they've done this school year through the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development at the College of Education at Marshall University.

Schools included those from Cabell, Wayne, Mason, Randolph, Lincoln, Calhoun, Putnam and Mingo counties. And projects included the GigaPan Outreach Project, Arts and Bots, Children's Innovation Project and Waterbot.

GigaPan enables students to take GigaPan panoramic images of their communities and activities and share them with their peers. Arts and Bots is a customized robot designed to integrate technology, literature, and history through the use of art supplies, circuit boards, lights, motors and sensors.

Children's Innovation Project allows children to explore and learn about electricity through hands-on engagement with a kit of components designed for young hands. Utilizing this learning, children disassemble toys, identify components and then repurpose and reconfigure the internal components into new circuits, empowering them with new relationships and understandings of their world.

WaterBot is a citizen-scientist project that prototypes a low-cost, mobile method to monitor water quality in their communities.

About 100 students, teachers, parents and other educators attended. And about 750 students and 25 teachers were involved in projects this school year.