Byline: The Register-Guard
Apple honors Eugene technology coordinator
Kim Ketterer, the Eugene School District's instructional technology coordinator, has received the Apple Distinguished Educator Award for excellence and leadership. The award is given to a select group of educators in the world who have demonstrated an identified expertise in educational technology leadership; there are 1,200 worldwide, 100 of those named this year. Bob Lewis, Apple's western regional manager, honored Ketterer in person at last week's school board meeting. Ketterer, who has a Ph.D. in educational leadership, technology and administration, has worked in the district for more than 20 years.
Local team wins qualifier in Lego Robotics contest
The Solar Dragons, a team from Eugene, took the first-place trophy in the Lego Robotics regional qualifying tournament, held earlier this month at Umpqua Community College. Team members were Zach Wilson, a student at Spencer Butte Middle School; Daniel Sellers, a student at the Network Charter School; and home-schoolers Marc and Claire Leppold and Mackenzie and Asa Clevenger.
The teammates, who range in age from 8 to 14, spent 10 weeks designing, building and programming their robot and preparing an extensive research project and presentation. Eleven teams competed. This year's competition theme was alternative energy. As a research project, the team performed an energy audit of the Oregon Electric Station, researched alternative energy solutions and created a proposal to reduce the building's energy usage.
The missions required of the robot also centered on alternative energy. …