Maggie Slaughter, a freshman at Northwest High School, is the Maryland state winner of the Doodle for Google contest. She will now compete against other state winners to become the national winner. The competition is open to K–12 students and asks them to create their own Google doodle. This year’s theme was: “When I grow up, I hope…”
Maggie developed a design in her Digital Art 1 class using the theme, “When I grow up I hope…” Her teacher is Tessa Siewert.
Google honored Maggie during a May 30 surprise celebration at school. She was presented with a Chromebook, as well as a T-shirt and tote bag with her design on it.
The public is asked to vote for its favorite Doodle by 9 p.m. on Friday, June 7. Click here to vote for Maggie’s Doodle.
The national winner will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage for a day, and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for his or her school.
Whetstone Second Graders Create Projects on iPads
About 40 second grade students at Whetstone Elementary School teamed up with Apple to create projects on iPads, and presented their learning to parents and educators. They created projects on butterflies and biographies of historical figures.
An Apple educator visited two classrooms over three weeks, and introduced the students to a variety of apps. Students used Pages and Keynote to make a book about the lifecycle of butterflies and recorded themselves sharing facts. Students also studied figures, such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, and used Garage Band to interview each other as they prepared research. They also used pictures of the historical figures to sketch them. They used AR Maker to import their drawings into an interactive reality scene to create a story. This gave them a better understanding of the research they had completed, and also helped them deliver a presentation by giving them visuals as they told others about the historical figures.
The teachers are Tammy Hartwell and Timisa Johnson. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer loaned the iPads to the school.
Winners Named in SERT Poster Contest
The School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) has announced the winners of the annual Watt’s Up? poster contest. The contest was open to students in K–12, and staff. The winners and their artwork are:
Grades K–2, Bhavana Rubin, 2nd grader, Potomac Elementary School
Grades 3–5, Lena Fleschner, 5th grader, Glen Haven Elementary School
Grades 6–8, Dana Idnay, 8th grader, Parkland Middle School
Grades 9–12, Sofia Merchant-Dest, 9th grader, Northwest High School
Staff, Melissa Clayton, second grade teacher, Judith A. Resnik Elementary School
All winning posters will be on display at the Rockville Public Library throughout June.
See all the winners here.