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February 6, 2009

Technology challenge attracts 500 Louisiana high school students

The third annual Louisiana High School Technology Challenge, organized by ULM professor Mike Beutner, will take place entirely online Feb. 18.

More than 500 high school students representing 37 high schools from across Louisiana will participate. More than 25 ULM faculty and staff will judge in the competition.

Beutner, associate professor of instructional technology, organized the innovative competition—the first of its kind in Louisiana—to instill a passion for teamwork, celebrate outstanding student achievement and attract more female and minority students to professional and technical careers in technology.

In the competition, students will be rated on the following challenges: searching the Internet for reliable information, citing sources, and using grammatically correct sentences. Creative teamwork is required to complete several challenging tasks that may include creating web sites, spreadsheets, flyers, newsletters, documents, animations, and designs. Participating teams will use a working knowledge of software and the Internet; these are skills that are commonly used in the modern worksplace.

Highly-qualified judges at ULM will examine and evaluate each team’s work. The results, along with the winning teams' work, will be posted online after the competition. Participants and team coaches of winning teams will receive individual and group awards.

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