FARMINGTON — A number of Farmington middle and high school students' projects will be on display Saturday at Animas Valley Mall to showcase work the students have completed on district laptops.
This marks the sixth year for the Farmington Municipal School District's Farmington Learning Initiative showcase. This year, 48 student projects — all created using district laptops — will be on display, said the district's director of technology, Charles Thacker.
The Farmington Learning Initiative provides about 5,200 Apple laptop computers to middle and high school students for use in the classroom and at home.
Half of the projects on display come from the four Farmington middle schools, and the other half are from students at Farmington and Piedra Vista high schools. They will all be on display at the mall's center court.
"We're having students bring some of the best work they have done," Thacker said. "We have some students that have created videos, music, animations or posters and presentations."
In previous years, the Farmington Public Library hosted the event. Thacker said he hopes relocating the show to the mall will generate more exposure about the technology program.
Cesar Ramos, an eighth grader at Mesa View Middle School, will play an electronic dance music song he composed using audio software program GarageBand.
Ramos said he has been producing projects in GarageBand since he was assigned a MacBook laptop computer in sixth grade, playing around with the software until he was able to produce his own music.
The song was influenced by the sounds and music from video games in the 1980s.
"I usually don't share my stuff. I usually just show it to my close friends for constructive criticism so I can get better," Ramos said. "I think it'll help me out a lot, because it's in the public.