CTE IN THE NEWS: Next Tech Showcase Highlights Student Achievement

The second annual Next Tech Student Showcase took place on Saturday, May 4 at the Carrboro
Century Center, in Carrboro, North Carolina. More than 150 community members were guided by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) students through the use of various tech tools including virtual reality (VR), Spheros, MakeWonder coding robots, Google Cardboards, 360 media, 2D games, MergeCube AR, and more.

The event provides CHCCS students an opportunity to showcase their work in tech fields as well as connect with businesses and community members. Student groups involved with the event included:

  • Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) FemSTEM (VR and Sphero leads)
  • CHHS Game Art Design (VR and 2D game content creation)
  • CHHS Tiger Tech Squad VR Team (equipment setup, tear down, and tech support
    throughout the event)
  • Smith Middle School AVID (coding and robotics showcase)

Additional booths included:

  • CHCCS Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • CHHS Academy of Information Technology (AOIT)
  • Lenovo
  • Town of Chapel Hill Open Data Project
  • UNC Carolina Center for Educational Excellence

Sponsors of this year’s event were CHCCS CTE, Town of Carrboro, Town of Chapel Hill, Lenovo, and UNC CCEE. The Town of Carrboro provided the facilities, logistics and technical infrastructure needed to run the event. Beatrix Hutton organized the UNC CCEE booth, while Cameron Williams offered Lenovo Daydream sessions at the Lenovo booth. The CHCCS staff members that provided guidance to their respective student groups were Garrison Reid (Game Art Design/ Game Development), Jennifer Walker (FemSTEM, Tiger Tech VR Team), and Eric Zeigler (Smith Middle AVID). Additional support was provided by Darren Bell and Andy Vogel.

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