Summit Public Schools elementary technology teachers Trudy Cohen and Gail Tucci recently hosted 17 teams of third grade students from each of the district's five elementary schools at Jefferson School for the Great MicroWorlds Contest. 

MicroWorlds is a problem-solving software application that challenges students to program a turtle using Logo programming language. Mastering the software is a goal of Summit's elementary school technology curriculum, which is introduced to students in kindergarten and builds upon previous years' lessons until third grade, when students compete in the MicroWorlds contest.  

"The students have been working hard on programming the turtle to draw known shapes and trying to anticipate the secret problems presented during the contest," said Ms. Tucci. "Their hard work and dedication paid off. Each of the 34 participating students received achievement award certificates, and 14 students received medals."