Uinta County Herald | The school district hosts an annual showcase

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EVANSTON — Uinta County School District No. 1 (UCSD No. 1) held its Career Open House and Tech Showcase at Evanston High School on Thursday, April 28. The showcase is designed to showcase special opportunities and programs available to students in the district, made possible in part by funding from the Perkins Scholarship.

Visitors were given a map directing them to the various classrooms where a teacher and student volunteers provided information and showed examples of the work done in this course.

On the second floor of EHS, near the media center, elementary school teacher Aspen Brooke George and three of her students – Hathan Hagerman, Dominic Pentze and Miles Mancera-Leasure – showed off the computer games they had created with SCRATCH coding on their laptops. The students also showed mini computers they had created and the cases they had made with them using a 3D printer. Pupils could play the game “Rock, paper, scissors” on the mini-computers (micro-bits) or they could send letters, creating a message.

“I work with third, fourth and fifth graders who are learning all about computers and can create different games on them and even make a weather station,” George said.

EHS computer science professor Colin Wilson and student Connor Culp were demonstrating a new addition to the learning lab, augmented reality glasses, which allow a person to see and draw with color. They can also be used to help teach many skills, including medical training.

“These glasses are not virtual reality,” Wilson said. “They are under the control of the wearer and can be used as simply as a drawing tool or as a way to see inside the visual model of a human body.”

Continuing to the second floor, visitors could stop in the carpentry classroom where teacher Randy Barker proudly displayed his students’ learning results. Gun cabinets, desks, workbenches, coffee tables, dining tables and more – all made by students – filled the shop.

Student Kyle Barker stood proudly by the gun cabinet he had built. In a small room was a laser computer where students could design panels and create a variety of objects. Also in the room with the laser computer was a dinosaur head hanging on the wall, which Barker explained was made from 84 layers of cardboard pressed together and cut with the laser printer.

Next to Barker’s bedroom was the classroom of agriculture and welding teacher Brenden Ellis. Ellis teaches ranch management and other agricultural courses, as well as welding and metal fabrication. In the metal shop, Ellis pointed out a hay bale cart the students were making that would be used on the school ranch. In the same area was a very large metal laser machine where students could make metal signs.

The ranch management students, Ellis said, had just finished branding, spaying and vaccinating the calves, preparing them for market.

“I have a student who is leading a greenhouse construction project at the school ranch,” Ellis said. “In the summer, 13 students help out on the ranch and receive internship school credit for their work.”

Casey Hardin in the body shop teaches students basic automotive maintenance, basic mechanics, automotive body repair and painting. He also works with graduate students on their comprehensive automotive projects. The body shop was filled with a variety of automobiles in various stages of refurbishment and repair.

Art teacher Larry Wagstaff works with students in all four grades of high school. He said he first had them draw their designs by hand and progressed by taking that hand-drawn design and drafting it into a three-dimensional design.

“I have a daughter who is designing a house and will build a model of it for her senior project,” Wagstaff said.

On the ground floor of EHS, in room 106, business professor Susan Evans led the Herald on a tour of the small store next to her classroom, which her students operate. Students are responsible for designing the store, choosing the products, and then marketing them. Two students are responsible for opening and running the store during lunch time every day. Students run the store each day and receive class credit for their time.

In Evans’ course, students receive training in sales, customer service, data processing, buying and marketing, and store design.

“I had two DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) students, Aidan Jacketta and Steven Bowen, who were able to attend the DECA National Competition in Atlanta, Georgia where they competed in marketing and business with games role,” Evans said. “I was so proud of them.”

Evans said she also teaches corporate finance and accounting classes for Western Wyoming College at EHS, and students in those classes earn both high school and college credits.

The last showcase visit was the Culinary Arts classroom, where EHS teacher Trudy Holt and Horizon High School teacher Candi DeCoite and their respective students had prepared a slew of treats for visitors.

DeCoite teaches culinary arts, as well as college and career readiness, at Horizon.

Holt also teaches Child Development, Homes and Design, and Family Career and Community Leaders of America, all under the rubric of Family and Consumer Science.

“We run a preschool class twice a week for a two-hour block,” Holt said. “This course provides an internship to work at the ECDC (Evanston Child Development Center).”

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