West Manor Elementary Takes 1st Place at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Storytelling Competition

By Taylor R. Jones

The 3rd grade class of West Manor Elementary School with Principal Dr. Reginald Lawrence, pose alongside their 1st place trophy from the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing’s WeDo Storytelling Competition.
The 3rd grade class of West Manor Elementary School with Principal Dr. Reginald Lawrence, pose alongside their 1st place trophy from the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing’s WeDo Storytelling Competition.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, West Manor Elementary School’s 3rd grade class took home first place at the WeDo Storytelling Competition hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing. Not only are students tasked with creating an innovative story using LEGO WeDo programmable robots as characters; but also have the challenge of presenting their story to Georgia Tech staff and partner, Career Builders.

For this competition, students are responsible for creativity, entertainment value, the number of WeDo characters used, the integration of WeDo characters and Programming in their story, relevance of props and scenery, and how WeDo characters interact with non WeDo characters.  What a challenge!

With 48 Atlanta Public School students from six schools, this competition quickly turned into a moment of victory for the 3rd graders at West Manor Elementary as they placed 1st throughout the entire competition. The students whose creativity and teamwork garnered much respect from their competitors include:

Kyle Brown

Kimora Bolder

Jeremiah Coicou

Jackson Dancy

Ashley Davis

Sydney Frazier

Lawrence Hall-Wilcox

Madison Herrington

Layla Jones

Marcus Majette

Danyell Sheppard

Jaiden Stepney

Jeremiah Sturdivant

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