Carrollton Elementary, Windsor High Places in WHRO Great Computer Challenge – Smithfield Times

Isle of Wight County Schools had several teams competing and placed in the Great Computer Challenge held in May. The long-running event is a joint project of Hampton Roads broadcast station WHRO, the Consortium for

Isle of Wight County Schools had several teams competing and placed in the Great Computer Challenge held in May. The long-running event is a joint project of Hampton Roads broadcast station WHRO, the Consortium for Interactive Instruction and Old Dominion University. It provides a competitive opportunity for K-12 students from public and private schools to demonstrate their knowledge of various computer applications and programming skills.

Windsor High School students won two awards. The Desktop Presentations team of Keaera Kea-Towns, Jadelyn Miller, Ladesha Warren and Javontae McNeil received an honorable mention.

The Integrated Applications team placed third. Team members included Journey Johnson, Cheyenne Harris, Jasmine Lassiter and Jaiona Rich. The teams were coached by Tyler Mosley, a technology teacher, and Sharon Smallwood-Moore, a media specialist at Windsor High.

Teams of third to fifth graders competed in the Visual Programming/Block Coding (Level 2) category. Each team had two hours to collaborate, complete and submit a project using the drag-and-drop Scratch programming language that solved a problem designed by the challenge coordinators.

The team at Carrollton Elementary, made up entirely of third graders, created a working “piano” with which individual notes could be played by pressing keys on the keyboard. The team won first place in the category. Carrollton Elementary’s Great Computer Challenge team members include Alice Thomsen, Penelope George and Lance Lerma with alternates Violet Pealo and Benjamin Corelli Soares. The team was coached by Michelle Pealo, a computer science teacher at Carrollton Elementary.