‘Exploring Technology’ class helps North Lee
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Nov 11, 2012 | 605 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hands-on learning at WVHS
WALKER VALLEY STUDENTS in Alan Bivens exploring technology class constructed seven games for the North Lee Elementary School annual fall festival. The items were used for the first time Friday at this year’s event.
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Hands-on learning is the focus of Alan Bivens’ exploring technology class at Walker Valley High School. Recently, students were able to put their skills to use helping others through a project for North Lee Elementary School.

The class constructed seven games for the North Lee’s annual Ram Jam fall festival. The games had their debut recently at this year’s Ram Jam.

“Anytime we can help out a school or group I think the kids enjoy that, and it helps build community,” Bivens said.

The exploring technology class also partnered with the Walker Valley art department, giving art students the opportunity to add creative elements such as painting the water scene for the fishing game.

Bivens said it was nice to see the collaboration the project brought.

“In the past, the games at our fall festival have consisted of games inside the classroom that were typically put together from various small supplies that required minimal effort. These games are much more durable and are very impressive. These will be staple products in our Fall festival for years to come,” North Lee Principal Nat Akiona said.

Aikona said the class at Walker Valley was asked to design the games based on the criteria that each “has to be mobile, must compact to a certain size for storage [and] must be colorful.”

“When we built these games, we had to make sure they came apart somewhat easily because of limited storage space,” Bivens said.

The idea for the partnership started with fall festival coordinator Ramona Thompson. She contacted Bivens in the spring about having his students make games for the event.

Games constructed included a large Plinko! board, a dart board game, a football upright for field goal kicks, a bean bag toss, a fishing game and a 'corn-hole' game.

“The games were very colorful and there were obviously extended hours that went into the construction of several of the items,” Akiona said after picking up the games at the school.

The 21 students in the class worked on the project for an hour a day during class. The games took about five weeks to complete.

Bivens said the project was a good application of what students learn in his class — construction techniques and how to use tools.

Plans for the games were found through Internet searches to give the students instructions for basic designs. The games will become a staple at the yearly event.