Back in May all 100 of my 5th graders participating in a collaborative animation on iPads using a technique called Rotoscoping.
We documented the project and submitted it to the McGraw-Hill STEMie Award contest as a technology and art entry (adding the "a" in STEM to make it STEAM).
We learned that our project was chosen as a finalist over the summer. Online voting began in mid-August (before school began) until Sept. 15th. We worked VERY hard to get out the vote from our families and the Arlington Heights community. We had help from many online Tweeters, many friends, parents, and staff posting on Facebook, the Daily Herald wrote an article, Illinois Art Education Association added it to their e-newsletters, Mr. Robinson added it to the Splash many times, and Illinois Education Association even added to their e-newsletter.
The School board recognized our students for winning last Thursday, but only a handful attended. So it was so wonderful when our new Principal, Mrs. Sessler organized a party and invited our graduates back so we could congratulate them in person and thank them for giving Dryden the largest class gift it has ever received in its 60 year history!