The best and brightest in the county were making final arrangements to show off their work this week in anticipation of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Showcase.
The event will be held at the Cole Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. Monday night, and will feature the compiled works of AIG classes from the county’s elementary and middle school levels.
“Probably one of the things my kids here are the most excited about is their project where they created their own restaurant,” Gifted Education Specialist [Alison Parsons] explained of her Washington Street fourth graders this week. “We try to incorporate 21st Century learning skills into these projects, so they had to come up with their own business plan and menus, and they even had to use their knowledge of rational numbers and decimals and estimation to come up with the right amounts of food.”
Thursday morning the class was covering a lesson related to this project, in which they had to determine how late the store should stay open and how many employees it would need.
Student Kallie Asbell already knows which of her projects will make the biggest impression, though.
“For our science project, I made a bouncing egg by soaking an egg in vinegar for three days,” she explained. “… It didn’t smell too good, but it worked. It actually messed my mom’s microwave, though.
Rockingham Middle’s sixth grade AIG students are looking forward to showcasing their multimedia presentations using Internet-driven content.
“I think a lot of people will be pleased that we’re teaching sixth grade students the process of writing a research paper, which is going to be great experience come graduation project time,” Gifted Education Specialist Nikki Covington explained. “Also, with the incorporation of the technology and the 21st Century learning skills we’re teaching. Part of that is learning how to present information in a multi-media format.”
Students Brandon Morse and Isaiah Green were finishing up a photo story they did on a Web site called prezzi.com Thursday morning.
“It teaches you how to use a lot of different things to tell your story, and it lets you look at other prezzis other people did,” Green said. “That’s nice when you’re trying to come up with ideas.”
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