BUCKHORN — The Buckhorn High School STLP team won top honors in the state last spring for a computer program they developed called “Space Math.” The program is designed to help primary grade students improve their basic math concept skills. Space Math worked so well, other schools, including schools outside of the district, asked to use it.
Buckhorn STLP relied on a Microsoft coding tool called Touch Develop to build Space Math. Microsoft was so impressed by the Buckhorn team’s work, the corporation produced a video and published a blog about their accomplishments last week.
The blog states, “Under the direction of Kim Campbell, who teaches business education, Buckhorn students not only learned how to code, they made a difference in their school community.”
Kim Campbell is quoted in the blog as saying, “We decided that we were going to reach out to the teachers and the members of our Board of Education to find out what we could use Touch Develop to create. We were looking for something that can improve test scores, student learning, and classroom environment.”
Buckhorn High School beat out nearly 5,000 other showcase projects to win last spring’s Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program Competition. The students, who were involved in developing Space Math, are Trenton Griffith, Anna Stamper, Chelsie Spicer and Megan Hill. The team’s sponsor is Kim Campbell. The video featuring the Buckhorn team was posted to YouTube on Oct. 12 by Microsoft In Education. A link to the blog is available in the video’s description.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.