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Thursday – Nov. 15, 2012

NKU Hosts Regional Student Technology Showcase

– Hundreds of technology-inspired K-12 students converged at the Northern Kentucky University James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union today for the Student Technology Leadership Program’s (STLP) Regional Fall Showcase, hosted by the NKU Office of Information Technology and College of Informatics.

Students attending the program shared and demonstrated their technology projects to fellow STLP students and event judges. The Regional Fall Showcase serves as a qualifier for STLP groups to share their projects and compete at the state level. Showcase projects are classified into five areas: community service, entrepreneurial, global connections (collaborative projects), instructional and technical.

“This year, the Student Union was abuzz with over 400 students attending the event,” said Tim Ferguson, NKU chief information officer. “It was great to see the students so excited about their technology projects.”

Sarah Mann, director of the Center for Innovation and Technology in Education in NKU's Office of Information Technology, recalled the degree to which students understood the technologies and their projects. “The students demonstrated the quality of the graduates northern Kentucky schools are producing,” she said.

New events at this year’s showcase included slot car races, a Twitter competition and cybershots. NKU was represented at the event by the Center for Applied Informatics, the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics, and the Office of Information Technology.

NKU has hosted the showcase for several years, and for the fourth year in a row offered the NKU STLP Mini-Grant Program, which allows STLP groups to apply for specific technology needs such as scanners, cameras, scholastic software and printers. A committee then reviews the applications and awards requested technologies to selected groups.

“NKU's Office of Information Technology decided to give back to the schools by using a portion of the KDE funding to provide mini-grant opportunities for the schools,” Ferguson said. “Through these mini-grants STLP groups can purchase equipment that they may not otherwise be able to afford.” Schools that applied for the NKU STLP 2012 Mini-Grant Program were announced during the event on Thursday.

One STLP coordinator and recipient of a mini-grant said, "With technology changing every day and shortage of funds, the mini grant allowed us to complete many technology activities including a yearbook for our STLP group. Thanks to NKU for their support!"

About STLP
The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) was established in 1994 by the STLP State Advisory Council. Student-designed projects, products and services are created to help the school and community. The program is open to all students in all grade levels in every school (P-16) in Kentucky. The mission of the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) is to advance individual capabilities; to motivate all students; and to create leadership opportunities through the use of technology.

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