Showcasing Kentucky's Brightest Technology Students
February 7, 2005
The 2005 KY Tech Prep Project Showcase featured 66 collaborative “projects” from across the commonwealth–including secondary and postsecondary students involved with the Tech Prep program of study.
The 2005 KY Tech Prep Project Showcase illustrated what could be accomplished when academic and technical students use their minds as well as their technical abilities to create outstanding projects. The Office of Career and Technical Education hosted the showcase on Jan. 25, 2005 at the Frankfort Convention Center. The event showcased the advances Kentucky has made through the integration of academic and technical education and featured a series of projects conceived, constructed and operated by KY Tech Prep programs from across the commonwealth.
“This showcase is a way to promote the Tech Prep program. It illustrates rigorous integration of academic and technical education programs through the many creative and innovative projects our teachers and students have created,” said Commissioner Laura E. Owens, Department for Workforce Investment.
It's difficult to summarize all that the showcase had to offer. The convention center floor was filled with projects including a replica of the Twin Towers, a 30 foot rocket, a handmade boat, a buggy designed for travel on the moon, a copper water wall, a dragster and remote-controlled robots. One of the most ambitious projects displayed was an airplane. Students at the Montgomery County Area Technology Center are taking what they learn in the classroom and making it fly in a real-world project that is helping students understand how science and technology are applied. The project is bringing together students interested in physics, automotive technology, carpentry and even graphic design. According to Tech Prep Director Dr. Ahmed Sabie, “The effort in building this plane has been astronomical and will carry over into the next school year. It has created an opportunity for the development of a very successful Tech Prep project. In addition, it has helped in building alliances with local school district personnel and in reaching out to involve the community."
Robert Baker, a senior physics student at the Montgomery County Area Technology Center, works to secure a section of the airplane's floorboard.
The showcase also featured how technology is being used in the classroom through the Classroom Performance System (CPS) in the Bell Co. Area Technology Center. CPS is an easy to use keypad- response system created as an interaction tool for teachers and students. The wireless devise looks and works in much the same way as a television remote, sending information to a sensor that is connected to the classroom instructor’s computer. Working through the supplied CPS software, teachers have the ability to import curriculum for various classroom activities.
Students from Doss High School in Jefferson County displayed a geographic information system project using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) to map Iroquois Park in Louisville. Students at Warren East High School in Bowling Green were demonstrating their skills in Cisco Networking. Warren East offers students a Cisco Certified Network Associate class for college credit. Students from Owsley County High School actually conducted a live radio broadcast through WOCS and students from Spencer Co. demonstrated how their Web radio station worked.
The Kentucky Tech Prep program is an educational reform effort that seeks to motivate students to acquire the academic and technical skills necessary to meet the technological challenges of society.
Cisco Networking Students Mike Shavelieva and Kyle Grimes from Warren East High School in Bowling Green.
• provides a coherent sequence of academic/technical courses within secondary and postsecondary education without duplication.
• raises the expectations and standards of students.
• uses educational technology and distances learning to involve secondary and postsecondary partners to improve Tech Prep program.
• addresses the issue of school dropout prevention.
• restructures academic/technical curriculum to encourage more rigorous academic and technical preparation.
• provides a comprehensive career guidance program that includes planning and assessment for secondary and postsecondary students, as well as placement upon program completion into additional education and/or employment.
• provides transferable skills in using computers and other modern technologies, as well as, workplace readiness skills.
• reinforces technical education and academic teacher collaboration.
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For more information about KY Tech Prep visit http://kytech.ky.gov/techprep.htm or call (502) 564-4286.
The Office of Career and Technical Education is an agency of the Education Cabinet, which coordinates learning programs from K-16, and manages and supports training and reemployment functions in the Department for Workforce Investment. For more information about their programs, visit http://www.educationcabinet.ky.gov/ or http://www.workforce.ky.gov/ or call 502-564-6606.