By Mrs. Jennifer Bacchus (AMC)December 9, 2010
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - Two mechanical engineers from the Directorate of Engineering and Quality here, Devin Ball and Robert Rosch, helped to judge a technology fair at Weaver Elementary School Nov. 16.
The fair's purpose was to test how students use the computer and their knowledge of computers.
"For third graders to know this much, I'm impressed," said Ball after spending time talking about the projects with a few of the youngest students.
The fair was open to Weaver Elementary students in grades three through six, and the winners from the event will become part of WES' technology team, which will compete at Jacksonville State University in March at the Alabama Counsel for Technology Education.
This is the first year the team's members have been chosen in this manner, according to Brandy Russell, a first grade teacher at WES who serves as the technology team sponsor.
There were 18 projects entered in the fair, ranging from PowerPoint presentations to websites completely created by the students.
"The children have to be able to show they have the knowledge to do these projects," said Russell.
To ensure this knowledge, Ball and Rosch quizzed the children on how they created their project, ensuring they could perform each action on their own.