Instructional Technology

CCS Technology Spotlight

First Lego League at Venable Elementary

For the first time in Venable Elementary history a team of fourth graders and their coaches Kristi O’Brien and Eric M. Stauffer will compete in the First LEGO League tournament at Jack Jouett Middle school on November 15th, 2008.  The team is comprised of highly dedicated students who took their interest from the classroom and have applied it to an after school club that will compete against 23 teams from our area.  FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global program created to get kids excited about science and technology. Geared for ages 9-14 (up to 16 outside of the U.S. and Canada), FLL utilizes theme-based Challenges to engage kids in research, problem solving, and engineering. The cornerstones of the program are its Core Values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community involvement.

Each annual Challenge has two parts, the Project and the Robot Game. Working in teams of up to 10 kids and guided by at least one adult coach, team members have about 10 weeks to:

  • Build an autonomous robot that will, in 2 minutes and 30 seconds, complete pre designed missions
  • Analyze, research, and invent a solution for a given assignment
  • Create a clever presentation about their solution to perform in front of a panel of judges

The culmination of all that hard work for many teams is the participation in an FLL event. We congratulate our team on all of their had work and wish them luck in their upcoming tournament! For more information on First LEGO League click here.



Kids and teachers just can’t stop talking about The Hoot. The brainchild of Rebecca Gibson and Eric Stauffer, The Hoot was created to put all of our instructional technology resources in one place for our learning community to share.  The Hoot is divided in half for all of our friends. The Big Friends side houses The Hoot Blog, tutorials and manuals, teacher links, delicious bookmarks, teacher PortaPortals, and Google Calendar information while the Little Friends side houses literally hundreds of links for our elementary students to use at school and at home. These sites have all been teacher approved and divided for ease of use by grade level and subject. New links are being added all the time and all are welcome to use our site. Contact Rebecca Gibson or Eric M. Stauffer to add your own sites or to get more information about The Hoot.