Exploris team wows with conferencing

August 11, 2013 

A team from Exploris Middle School in Raleigh won first place in their division in the international KC3 – Kids Creating Community Content Videoconferencing Competition.

The students, from Juliana Thomas’ class, researched, created and broadcasted a video conference titled “Where is Waldo: Young Citizen Scientists Track Eastern Box Turtles in the Lake Raleigh Area” into a partner classroom in South Carolina. They used tracking tools and other technology to collect data on the turtles, including temperature, canopy cover, amount of light and humidity, and then created maps, a PowerPoint presentation and a Prezi showcase to express their findings.

The students on the Exploris team were six-graders Elleny Avelar, Bennett Bandiero, Sean Boldrin, Ryan Dettman, Alexander Ducoste, Claudia Fiore, Mico Guevarra, Wesley Hair, Logan Hutchens, Seroja Kissell, Liam Lawless, Brooke Morrison, Shamik Bhattacharya, Anne Elise Norris, Gaby Pelletier, Sally Robertson and Scarlett Snyder.

The competition, sponsored by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration, is open to middle and high school teams from around the world and aims to encourage research on community topics and enhance presentation skills and use of technology. A video of the Exploris team’s presentation is posted at kc3.cilc.org/winners.html.

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