Ballroom A – Breakout Segment A
Presenter 1: Breathitt County ATC
Tiny House Project
Presenter 2: Patricia Hackworth
Bobcat Book Club
I want students to be more proficient readers. Proficiency in reading is needed for success in both college and the job market. My high school seems to have a large number of students who are not college ready in Reading. The best way to hone reading skills is to acually practice reading. I would like to start an either before or after school Book Club where students would read and discuss both high level and high interest novels. I will also be incorporating the book club idea in my Transitional English class. This will help the students practice the skill of reading and also become more proficient at decoding texts and having a better reading speed.
Presenter 3: Jason Arnett
Interactive Digital Library
Building an interactive digital library to increase student success. I will use 7″ Kindle Fire tablets to reduce the limitations associated with getting digital content to students in an easy to use format.
These devices would be a direct combat to textbook inadequacies. Instructors and students will be able to take advantage of textbook rental systems, offering an additional cost-cutting option, as well as the ability for instructors to easily utilize their own textbooks in the classroom. We see the latter as a huge option for classroom teachers. Essentially, they would be able to create their own textbooks freely with up-to-date, relevant, and focused topics directly on the digital reader.
We know teachers are already self-publishing content in their classrooms. This would allow teachers to be able to directly and cost-efficiently self-publish to students without the need for large paper copies. This will also allow students to read books of interest digitally – either through the school’s e-book collection or through literary classics that are freely available in ebook formats.
The 11Digital Reader Library” would also allow students to have access to other modes of information: online resources and study aids, practice problems, videos, applications, visual content, etc. This digital reader library would allow us to directly combat our problem of practice: Students would have immediate access to up-to-date literary resources and textbooks.
Presenter 4: Haridas Chandran
Turning Mud into Electrical Energy Using Microbial Cell
Students in the STEAM classes will focus on designing and constructing fuel cell. They will also construct different volume of the cell, to increase the production of electrical energy. Students will be constructing electrodes with different dimensions and length to achieve maximum electric power and minimum loss in the production of electric energy. They will be visiting rivers and ponds near our school as well as different regions to collect soil for the fuel cell. Students will conduct test on the soil they collected using commercially available Soil test kit. This will provide knowledge for these researchers which soil produces higher current to run the household equipment. Students will conduct experiments by varying parameters to achieve the best fuel cell for the production of electrical energy. To evaluate the overall performance of an microbial fuel cell, usually its power output is determined. This is done by measuring the voltage across a fixed resistor that you attach to the microbial fuel cell and from that, power is calculated using Ohm’s law as shown in the Equation below. P=V^2R where P is the power in watts (W), V is the voltage (V), and R is the resistance in ohms (Ω). Students will be encouraged to attend conference to present their data to the scientific community.. During this project, students will be concentrating on aspects of team work, fundamental concepts in math, science and engineering discipline that blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and cross cutting concepts.
Presenter 5: Buckhorn High School, Community Challenge Team, Perry County
Sixty percent of students enrolled in the Ashland Independent School System qualify for the USDA free/reduced lunch program. While these students can receive a hot breakfast and lunch at school, they often go hungry on the weekends, summers, and holiday breaks. We plan to make food more accessible to these students by converting a district-owned box truck into a mobile food truck, the “CATmobile”. The food truck will provide food to students at low-income housing complexes and emergency shelters. We will also be partnering with Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and King’s Daughters Medical Center to provide health screenings, resources, and education on healthy living.
Presenter 6: Cassandra Stevens & Gavin Couture
Ashland Independent Student Senate
Presenter 7: Johnson Central High School ACT Team
Developing Leadership Skills for Life
At Johnson Central High School we are continuing implementation of a leadership program to provide students with important skills for successful transition to college and/or the workforce. The program is based on 12 leadership steps and includes an emphasis on career pathways along with a focus on individual learning plans for students.