4/6/2013 10:00:00 PM Class Acts: Students show off what they've learned at county education fair
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier Above, Chino Valley’s Dylen Patrick practices his welding skills he learned through the JTED program, and below, students demonstrate pottery at the fourth annual Western Yavapai County Education Fair at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Lisa Irish The Daily Courier
Demonstrations, games, experiments and performances filled Tim's Toyota Center and spilled out into the parking lot Thursday during the Western Yavapai County Education Fair.
Chino Valley High School's Future Farmers of America members demonstrated lassoing, offered chickens they raised for sale, and showed off their advances in aquaculture.
Just a few paces away, students showcased welding skills they learned in Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District classes, while strains of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme, played by Liberty Traditional's advanced band, came from the outdoor stage.
"This is an opportunity for the entire community to come out and see what our students are learning," Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter said. "Educators came to me and said, 'We'd like an event to show off what our kids can actually do.' We've been doing this for four years, and it's a fun event."
Christian Matthew, a junior at Aspire Junior/Senior High School, showed two elementary school boys how to create circuits and supply power to a lightbulb with a copper wire.
"Cool," exclaimed one of the boys.
Aspire science teacher Chuck Newell said they'd gone over closed and open circuits in class, then had the students create their own electronic circuits.
"The hands-on work making it light up leads to self-discovery," Newell said.
Prescott High School Air Force JROTC member Jacob Hetherington talked to students about what they learned in class while sophomore Perry Reed told them about college scholarships only available to JROTC members.
Bradshaw Mountain High School senior Nicholas Fontes sat next to a trebuchet and told students about how in the Middle Ages it was used as a siege weapon because its attack distance was out of archers' range.
Lincoln Elementary paraprofessional Lissa Lewis talked about the afterschool programs ranging from tennis to drama club as kids played with some Legos from the school's Lego club and others checked out a large model of the Stratosphere Tower students created.
Nearby, kids wrote numbers in trays filled with shaving cream and painted letters with homemade paint made from gelatin, which stimulates students' senses of touch and smell as they practice their writing, according to Del Rio Elementary Principal Susan Clark.
At the next table, people used remote controls to answer quiz questions that Del Rio teachers put together.
Attendees also had the chance to roll large inflatable dice to move ahead on a giant game board that simulated choices and how they would affect a student's path toward college graduation at a booth for NAU-Yavapai.
"As they play, it gets them thinking and talking about college," NAU-Yavapai's Cason Murphy said.