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Camp with keyboards

Boonsboro school hosts computer classes

Boonsboro school hosts computer classes

July 16, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

BOONSBORO

scottb@herald-mail.com

As part of a slide show she created during a weeklong computer camp, a 9-year-old Washington County girl noted who "bugs" her: "Everyone."

Sitting in the camp classroom at Boonsboro Elementary School on Thursday, Katja Friedrich explained that everybody irks her sometime.

She and the other 15 students in this week's computer class put together a slide show that lists facts about themselves along with some opinions and goals.

The students were given topics they could address in their slide shows, such as what their one wish would be, what bugs them and how they would describe themselves in five words, said Heather Shaw, one of the two teachers for the class.

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Friedrich, who will be a fifth-grader at Boonsboro in the fall, summed herself up with five words: "Dark, scary, creepy, loud, confusing."

Her wish, according to the slide show, is to meet the band Sugar Ray. At that part in her slide show, the band's cover of the song "Abracadabra" by Steve Miller begins to play.

Nearby, other students in the class organized by the Washington County Board of Education were showing friends and family their computer creations.

Brian Niederberger, 10, of Boonsboro, presented his slide show while his older sister watched.

"My one wish is to be immortal," his slide show said in part.

"I thought it was pretty impressive," his sister, Heather Niederberger, 16, said.

Brian Niederberger, who is entering fifth grade this fall, said his favorite part of the class was learning how to create slide shows and how to make screen savers. That was also the favorite part for Travis Leonardo, 7, of Pleasant Valley Elementary.

Leonardo's slide show said, "In my future, I see me being cool." Asked if he is "cool" now, he just shrugged.

"My one wish is to be rich," his slide show said.

He said he will teach his younger brother, Jesse, 5, what he has learned this week.

Zach Bowen, 10, whose slide show also said he is good at video games, said he enjoyed the camp.

"I love to be around computers. I love electronics," he said.

The students, who ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade, developed excellent, impressive slide shows, Shaw said.

During the week, the students also were taught how to scan photos into the computer and how to use digital cameras, among other skills.

Shaw said there are 13 students enrolled in a similar class next week at Lincolnshire Elementary School. There is a $50 fee to be in the class.

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