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Young Inventors: Digital projects highlighted at Tech Fair

Students from grades 3-12 now move to state competition

Ayunsh Panda, 11, a fifth-grader at Whitlow Elementary School made an electric guitar out of NXT'Lego Set. ALDO NAHED/Staff. (click for larger version)

February 03, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Tech Fair showcased students excited to delve into the digital world.

From computer programming and multimedia application design to robotics, the Jan. 25 event held at Whitlow Elementary School highlighted the direction schools are headed in the future, said Mike Evans, of the Forsyth County School System.

"When we have third- and fourth-grade students programming computers, it says a lot about where we're going as a system," Evans said.

Tom Lamb, who served as director of the Tech Fair for several years, headed the 40 volunteer judges who oversaw 147 projects created by 180 participants in third through 12th grades in public, private or home schools.

Lamb is the state director and is a retired instructional technology specialist.

Judges spent about 20 minutes with each participant or teams including Shiloh Point Elementary fifth-grader Abhay Kumar, 11.

Kumar's dad Manoj Appully said his son's project in animated graphic design was created using PowerPoint.

"We live in a high-tech world," Appully said. "Hopefully, this keeps him interested in science and technology."

The event is along the lines of Scholar Bowl, Science Fair and Science Olympiad, and allows students to build projects in 16 categories of technology.

New this year is a mobile app design and a game design category.

"A lot of times, they know a whole lot more than the judges do," Lamb said.

All first place winners in the Tech Fair advanced to the Georgia Educational Technology Fair competition to be held March 8 at the Macon campus of Middle Georgia State College and University.

The first Forsyth County Educational Technology Fair was in 2001.

It was the precursor to the Georgia Educational Technology Fair, which was started by Forsyth County Fair staff and was first held in 2002.

Whitlow Elementary School's Karen Daughtery, an instructional technology specialist and director of the Forsyth County Technology Fair, is also a regional director.

There are 19 regions in Georgia, and Forsyth County is its own region in the state.

"The Tech Fair is important in that it affords those students who are technologically inclined to participate in a regional and state level of competition outside of sports," Daughtery said.

A committee worked throughout the year to put the Tech Fair in Forsyth County together.

For more information, visit http://www.gatechfair.org.

Category winners moving to state competition:

Gibson McGee third/fourth-grade 3D modeling

Wesley McGee and Noah Wetz fifth/sixth grade 3D modeling

Skylar Collins seventh/eighth grade 3D modeling

Nishika Byakod third/fourth grade animated graphic design

Logan Stockham fifth/sixth grade animated graphic design

Sahil Pitre ninth/10th grade animated graphic design

Ford Johnson third/fourth grade case modification

Grant Cancel fifth/sixth grade case modification

Anna Cagle seventh/eighth grade case modification

Esther Smith third/fourth grade digital photography

Maral Garmroudi fifth/sixth grade digital photography

Natalia Morris seventh/eighth grade digital photography

Sanjit Hajgude third/fourth grade digital video production

Callie Galloway fifth/sixth grade video production

Meghana Menon and Zac Elz ninth/10th grade video production

Harikesh Tambareni third/fourth grade game design

Carlos Caballero fifth/sixth grade game design

Glenn Cagle seventh/eighth grade game design

Sanjay Tummalapalli ninth/10th grade game design

Dylan Klumpp ninth/10th grade hardware

Dillon Loupe 11th/12th grade hardware

Tanvitha Kotla third/fourth grade mobile apps

Mahin Gonela fifth/sixth grade mobile apps

Srikrishna Duvvuri ninth/10th grade mobile apps

Sneha Gupta third/fourth grade multimedia applications

Nithik Balachandran fifth/sixth grade multimedia applications

Conor Castleberry and Justin Deprado seventh/eighth grade multimedia applications

Neha Balachandran ninth/10th grade multimedia applications

Srujana Sivakumar and Ajeetha Murugappan third/fourth grade non-animated graphic design

Andrew Zhai fifth/sixth grade non-animated graphic design

Peyton Squires seventh/eighth grade non-animated graphic design

Pranav Katam and Mahitha Veeram third/fourth grade non-multimedia applications

Jennifer John Britto seventh/eighth grade non-multimedia applications

Corey Matyas ninth/10th grade programming challenge individual

Quintin Crist 11th/12th grade programming challenge individual

Cory Larsen and Arun Dunna ninth/10th grade programming challenge team

Siddhi Chitgopkar fifth/sixth grade project programming

Harsha Tambareni seventh/eighth grade project programming

Jacob Tauriello ninth/10th grade project programming

Nik Dunna third/fourth grade robotics

Anna May Carder fifth/sixth grade robotics

Tom Ciaccia third/fourth grade technology literacy challenge

William Abney fifth/sixth grade technology literacy challenge

Glenn Cagle seventh/eighth grade technology literacy challenge

Quintin Crist 11th/12th grade technology literacy challenge

Varoon Kodithala third/fourth grade Web 2.0 Internet applications

Krishi Kishore fifth/sixth grade Web 2.0 Internet applications

Tanvi Raj seventh/eighth grade Web 2.0 Internet applications

Pratik Nallamotu ninth/10th grade Web 2.0 Internet applications

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