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Tech & Duck Dynasty Come Together for Elementary Smart Phone App Contest

Students at Claiborne Elementary school in West Monroe are tapping into their creative side, developing smart phone apps, including one featuring a local celebrity.
WEST MONROE -- Science and duck dynasty.

We're not talking about word association, but a new way science competitions are evolving. 

Students at Claiborne Elementary school in West Monroe are tapping into their creative side, developing smart phone apps, including one featuring a local celebrity.

"It took me about 30 minutes to come up with and a long time to draw it," said 5th grader Allison Edwards, pointing to her blueprint of the "Si Talker" App she developed.

A Nokia representative came in from California to speak to the kids for "Science And History Fun Day" this spring.

"Enlightening our children about the world of technology," said Dawn Jordan, a 5th grade teacher at Claiborne.

Nokia went even further by pitting the kids in a competition to see who could come up with a creative smart phone app. The apps were judged by the Nokia company.

This winning student, Edwards, says Duck Dynasty inspired her app.

"It's called 'Si Talker,' there's this red button, and you push it, you push it and it makes it into Si's voice," she said. Her app mimics Si's famous lines such as, "Where's my Teacup? "That's a fact Jack" and "When I was in Vietnam..."

Students came up with a variety of ideas.

"You create a pie and choose a person's picture to throw it at," said Karoline Edwards, a 5th grade student.

"It's basically kind of like a social network, where you kind of create music videos and you can have a video editor," said  Keagan Jones, a 5th grader.

The winners relieved a new Nokia phone, but also the chance for the ideas from these students may make it to the real world.

"I mean to see it on someone else's phone, that would be pretty fun," said Jones.

"Just seeing other people play your app, that you sat there for a long time, and came up with," said 5th grader Anna Claire Bannister. 

The finalist's  plans were sent to Nokia for consideration by app developers.

"Millions of apps all over the world, ideas that are created...For these children to have the opportunity to be a part of that world was very special," said Jordan. "I'm so excited for the children, they had no idea that an idea that they might have could impact the world."

Their teachers says a new arena of learning like this, opens up new opportunities in a technologically evolving world.

"The exciting thing about that, is it opened up a world inside of our children's heads that often times teachers don't even tap into," Jordan said. "To branch out and create in this kind of arena, so to speak, allows them to think outside the branch of reading, writing, and arithmetic and tap into the real world where they really live. I see opportunities for them in the real world in science, in technology, combining their ideas and thoughts and creativity together."
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