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S.T.R.E.S.S.

Kennedy P.

George Rogers Clark High School STLP

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Stress is in the air! Teenagers in high school typically spend 10 months of the year in school, which as you could imagine would be stressful at times. For instance, in school students have many tests, projects, and homework to prepare, some of which could be stressful. Another cause of stress in teen lives is social aspect of their lives where they feel as though they need to fit in at school. All of these reasons are why Makiya McNear and Audrey Gilbert decided to create their STLP project S.T.R.E.S.S.

From personal experience and being in high school themselves they noticed the amount of stress stirring around in their school and decided to come up with ideas to help students limit the amount of stress in their lives. They created a website where every student could access it and post tips they use to release stress. Their school counselors also got involved and on the website they shared advice they give students on how to stay stress free during school days. Students are welcome to share their own stories about things they're stressed about and/or things they think would help other students. To see if their website is effective they also have a survey for students to take and a place for them to say what could be improved and what they like about the website.

According to the data Makiya and Audrey collected 44% of teens say they use online sources to help manage stress. Also, 43% of teens report feeling stressed all the time. But with the help of these girls the students in their school and they hope at other schools (in the future) will be less stressed during school and will meet some new people and make friends through their website. Two girls, technology, and help from a few people can make a real difference in the stress of students!

 

AR + K-PREP = FUN in SCIENCE!

Sydney P.

George Rogers Clark High School STLP

Service Team Blogger Corps Project

 

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Oh, the dreadful K-PREP testing! From third grade up until sixth grade, students experience the week long state testing, called K-PREP (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress). This test will determine mastery of skills in the subjects of math, science, English, social studies, and writing. The students are rated with distinguished, proficient, apprentice, or novice in each subject depending on the number of correct answers given.

Bourbon County schools have experienced some struggles specifically from a local elementary school with fifth and sixth graders.  This particular school had a proficiency average of 23.3% for the science portion of the test, compared to 31.7% average proficiency statewide. A group of middle school students decided to help the elementary school students with this problem. Trya, Aiden, Kaden, and Taylor investigated this issue and plotted a plan to improve scores for the students for their STLP project. 

First and foremost, the middle schoolers met with the head of the math and science departments to decide what lessons the kids struggled with the most. According to the teachers from the elementary school, the earth and solar systems were the hardest for them to comprehend. From experience, the middle schools students understood that most fifth and sixth graders learn best through visuals. Therefore, with the use of technology such as the Scratch-Block program and a Makey-Makey, the students created an augmented reality lesson for the kids. During this AR lesson, outer space is projected onto a wooden platform with a circular, wooden cutout of the moon. The cutout of the moon has tin foil on the bottom used as a conductor to the Makey-Makey. Once the current is formed between the tin foil and the Makey-Makey, it can be connected to the Scratch-Board program that allows the projection of the moon phases to change once the moon cutout is physically moved around the earth on the wooden platform. Once the model was built and successfully showed the phases of the moon, the middle schoolers set up dates to meet with the elementary schoolers to show the model.

The group of students continually meet with elementary schoolers in hopes that their K-PREP science scores will increase in May. From working with these same elementary students last year this project saw some success from 2018-19 with an increase of 17% on the science portion of the K-PREP test. This amazing group of students were able to impact their school district's elementary state testing within one year! Due to their success, they plan to use the same technology and advance to the lesson on the season changes. Four kids, a need for younger students' academic improvement, and technology can make a world of difference!

 

Title: Why Students are Thankful for their Teachers

Student Name: Kaleigh S.

Category: Feature Video

Division: 6-8

Process:

My DPOJ project is Feature video product. The first thing I did for my video, I got the idea. My first idea was a football game, but it didn’t work out. So I came up with another idea which was why students are thankful for their teachers. Then, I came up with the teachers and students that i was going to for the video. Next I went to the classrooms and got the students saying what they like about their teachers, and I wanted to do more which is good because students are thankful for their teachers. Then I edited it on iMovie.  First i put all the clips in then I raised the volume on all of the clips. Next I put a label in the beginning, then transition between each clip.

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Title: Tour of the School

Student Name: Julia L.

Category: Feature Video

Division: 6-8

Process:

For my DPOJ I did feature video product.  I first, Looked at the Rubric and what types of video shots I needed.  After that I looked up Youtube videos on how to do the camera shots. Then I looked up a storyboard template and printed it off.  I then filled it out with different shots of the schools that I wanted to film. Afterwards I took all the video shots. I started with the front of the school, so I went outside and took a pan shot of the front.  Secondly, I took a shot of the trophy case, it was also a pan shot. Third, I took pan shots of the trophy cases. Fourth, I took a pan shot of the sports picture we have hung up on the wall. Fifth, I took a wide shot of the cafeteria and gym.  Sixth, I took a tilt shot of the wood working room. Seventh, I took pan shots of the Mock trial and KUNA room. For my last video shot I took a shot of some of the hallways.

After I was done shooting I uploaded my videos onto iMovie. Then I edited it by turning some of the volume down and adding titles in the clips. The last thing I did was put in a voice audio and I was done.  

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Title: What Would You Do to Survive in 9/11?

Student Name: Cole L.

Category: Technical Writing Product

Division: 6-8

Process:

  1. I chose my option to do Technical Writing.
  2. I brainstormed ideas to write about.
  3. I used my resources to come up with an idea.
  4. I was to choose between 9/11 and the Pearl Harbor disaster.
  5. I decided to pick 9/11.
  6. I brainstormed ideas for 9/11 scenarios.
  7. I looked up stories of up close 9/11 survivors.
  8. I made my first few scenarios.
  9. I couldn't stop typing.
  10. I eventually ran out of ideas, so I brainstormed some more ideas.
  11. I have made my writing piece really good, and am near the end.
  12. I am thinking of an incredible ending.

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