CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three students from Greenbrier and Raleigh counties have tied for first place in the Inaugural Globaloria STEM Games Competition. Madison Meadows and Celia Laverty of Liberty High School in Raleigh County caught the judges’ eyes with an original game called “West Virginia Animal Rescue Squad.” Malachi McCutcheon, a seventh grader from Eastern Greenbrier Middle School in Ronceverte, tied with Meadows and Laverty with his game “Math Runner.” All three students won a laptop computer and will have their games featured on the Internet at www.WorldWideWorkshop.org.
The first Globaloria Games Competition in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) was launched in January of 2010 by the World Wide Workshop in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., as honorary chairman. Sixty-five middle school and high school students participated in the competition.
“These students used their incredible imaginations and talent to create some amazing games while using STEM skills that will help them for years to come,” Rockefeller said. “I thank all the schools, students, and educators for making these games a success, and encourage all students and teachers to continue to find ways to make learning STEM subjects fun.”
Every student who entered the competition received a Letter of Commendation from the panel of judges, who included Gaston Caperton, former governor of West Virginia and president of the College Board; B. Keith Fulton, Verizon West Virginia president and CEO; and West Virginia Board of Education member Gayle Manchin.
“I am deeply impressed with the students’ ability to master very difficult concepts and to produce highly professional work,” Caperton said. “These West Virginia students will be well prepared to excel in college and compete for the jobs of the future.”
“West Virginia Animal Rescue Squad,” is designed to teach about veterinary medicine and how to properly care for pets, while “Math Runner” teaches about mathematics and the importance of recycling. Other finalists included an environmental game by students at Greenbrier East High School entitled “Don’t Be Mean, Go Green;” a mathematics game by middle school students from Sandy River Middle School in McDowell County entitled “Addition Man;” and a water conservation game that teaches the mathematical order of operations called “Water Waster Saver” by an Eastern Greenbrier Middle School 7th-grader.
“These students are developing and enhancing the skill-sets that I look for in my employees at Verizon,” Fulton said. “As president and CEO of a leading telecommunications company, I’m always looking to hire and promote employees who possess strong technology skills and virtual collaboration abilities that can help our company grow and maintain its competitive edge in the marketplace.”
Launched in the West Virginia public school system in 2007, the Globaloria platform and program is now in its third pilot year, operating in 22 middle schools, high schools, community colleges and universities across the state, and will triple in size again in the next school year. Research shows that Globaloria’s innovative digital learning model increases student mastery of state content standards and objectives and 21st century skills by immersing students and educators in a learn-by-doing atmosphere.
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