Wayne County had much to celebrate at the recent Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Conference this spring.
Wayne County High School was awarded the MakerMinded School of Distinction Award for the most points in the state of Kentucky and the high school of distinction. Wayne County High School had 225 students and faculty who entered 1,409 points into the competition this year. As an added bonus, Wayne County Area Technology Center was also recognized as a School of Distinction Award winner for second place in the high school/ATC category. The Area Technology Center had 32 students and faculty who entered 721 points into the competition. One hundred seventeen Kentucky schools competed this year. Five awards were given and
Wayne County was proud to receive two of them. Both of the Wayne County schools received a portable Virtual Reality system for their school. As a regional advocate for MakerMinded, Marsha Bertram addressed the manufacturers in the audience and implored them to look to Wayne County where we now have proof that we are training our students and exposing them to manufacturing possibilities for their future and Kentucky's future.
Over the 2017-2018 school year, Wayne County High School made many advancements in the Computer Science department. A whole new set of computer science classes were implemented, with classes such as AP Computer Sciences and IT Help Desk. The classes featured new technology the students were able to experiment, such as a series of 3-D printers and a Virtual Reality set. The printers were used by the technology classes to create several personal experiment items as well as bigger projects, such as cardinal head desk statues for the WCHS staff.
These neat hands-on methods are encouraging the students to immerse themselves more into technology. The MakerMinded awards came through the efforts of students who were determined to earn more technology for their school. “I think it’s amazing how we were able to get awarded by just doing the stuff we would be doing every day,” said student Colby Corder, who spent the majority of his day solving technology issues in Marsha Bertram’s classes. Students were able to enter points working towards the award for things they did in their classes, such as the IT Help Desk students being able to enter submissions for their work with the school's technology, student field trips, and club activites.
Wayne County High School (l-r): KAM President Jackie Hogan, Wayne County IT
Instructor Marsha Bertram, Senior IT Student Colby Corder, Senior IT Student Austin Phelps,
National MakerMinded Coordinator Jacey Cavanaugh
Wayne County Area Technology Center (l-r): KAM President Jackie Hogan, Wayne County ATC Principal John Kinnett, National MakerMinded Coordinator Jacey Cavanaugh