Students explore ways to use Makey Makey

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Fifth-graders in Michelle Chappell’s Explore Makey Makey class are (l-r) Cheyenne Williams, Daniel McDowell, Madison Belangia, Elijah Godfrey, Nehemiah Whitehurst and Luke Huie.

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From staff reports

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Students in Michelle Chappell’s 5th grade class are beginning to explore creative invention through the use of Makey Makey. Makey Makey is a collaborative project between Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum of the MIT Media Lab, and SparkFun Electronics. It's an invention kit that encourages people to find creative ways to interact with their computers, by using everyday objects as a replacement for keyboards and mice.

The students are getting familiar with the program currently, but will soon be creating their own games. This project will serve as an introduction to coding. More information on Makey Makey can be found at https://www.makeymakey.com/.

District recognizes Employess of Week

Sabrina Sears and Todd Thompson, both employees at J.C. Sawyer Elementary School, have been named Employees of the Week for Oct. 2-6.

Sears, a 5th grade math teacher is certified Employee of the Week. She has been employed with ECPPS since January 2011.

“Ms. Sears is a highly involved member of the Dolphin team. She is not only a 5th grade teacher, but also serves as grade level chair, School Improvement Team member, chair for MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support), mentor, and interview team member,” states a school district news release. “Ms. Sears founded, and currently leads, the Young Men of Distinction mentoring program at J.C. Sawyer as well.”

Thompson, the technology assistant at J.C. Sawyer Elementary School, was named Non-Certified Employee of the Week. He has been employed with ECPPS since August 2016.

“Mr. Thompson goes above and beyond to meet the technology needs of the students and staff daily. He works hard to ensure all technology related issues are resolved as quickly as possible,” states a school district news release. “He understands the role that technology plays in schools and classrooms today and provides excellent support for J.C. Sawyer.”

Bojangles’ and Page After Page are the week’s business supporters for the Employee of the Week program.