Monday, July 23, 2012
Dozens of Berkeley County middle school students wait to present their projects to six judges.
Students who participated in this summer’s Berkeley County iTEAMS camp presented their final projects at Berkeley High School on July 12.
Hosted by the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM), the event had six judges from local technology companies, including four from Google, who decided which of the five projects was the best.
Family, camp supporters, and donors attended the event to support over 50 students who worked for a week to complete iTEAMS’ goals of developing appealing technological products and effective presentations explaining why investors should support their products.
Standing for Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Among Middle Schoolers, iTEAMS is a two-week technology-based summer camp that channels “young learners toward careers in the fields of computer science, technology and entrepreneurship through hands-on, team-based projects,” according to a GSSM press release.
GSSM Foundation CEO Kim Bowman said the camp helps bright students focus their interests in technology to increase their knowledge and to explore their potential.
“It’s a place where smart gets smarter,” she said.
Students didn’t focus their intelligence on a single field of technology, though; they explored fields as varied as gaming, cyber security, and online study tools.
Students presented five projects: Cyber Savers, Zombie Inc., Let’s Take a Quiz, Cyber Searchers and Phone Wars.
Representatives of Cyber Savers, an educational organization, presented judges with information on phishing, hacking, and e-mail security.
Their team designed an educational game and created a video that showed the consequences of not being safe online.
The Zombie, Inc. team presented detailed market analyses that explained how their games are marketable and potentially highly lucrative.
Representatives of Let’s Take a Quiz promoted a mobile app that they claim can help students dramatically improve their test scores and their study habits.
Members of Cyber Searchers, another cyber security team, showcased resources that explained the ethics behind cyber bullying and statistics that showed the frequency at which cyber bullying occurs among different demographics.
The group that won the award for best product, however, was Phone Wars. Their product was a mobile gaming app that pitted Google’s Android against Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry.
Bowman and Brigitte Barnett, also of the GSSM Foundation, wrapped up the ceremony by congratulating two students on their extraordinary leadership by presenting them with scholarships to GoSciTech, GSSM’s annual summer camp.
For more information about the event or the GSSM, contact Leigh Hewlett at (803) 252-9152 or Kim Bowman at (803) 240-6642.