Horry County Schools to hold fifth annual Technology Fair Wednesday

04/07/2014 6:00 AM

04/07/2014 6:19 AM

More than 1,000 students will participate in the fifth annual Horry County Schools Technology Fair that will be held Wednesday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from noon to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The fair continues to grow each year and will have at least 380 entries, which is about 40 more than last year, said Ashley Gasperson, HCS coordinator of digital communications. Projects come from teachers and students, including 15 entries from kindergarteners and first-graders in areas such as basic programming and video editing, and fourth-graders, who developed solar panels to charge their digital devices.

The fair also will include demonstrations of robots built by high school teams, as well as a FIRST Robotics LEGO League competition, featuring 31 teams from the district’s elementary and middle schools. Officials from the FIRST LEGO League have been impressed with the enthusiasm and growth of teams from the district’s schools, Gasperson said, and will be at this year’s fair to run the competition.

Gasperson will talk about the technology fair on SCETV Radio’s “Speaking of Schools” podcast Monday at 3:30 p.m. The podcast can be heard online at www.scetv.org/index.php/speaking_of_schools/ and also will be streamed on the district’s website, www.horrycountyschools.net.

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