Scott County kids spread magic through mirrors

Posted at 12:17 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 18:32:40-05

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A group of Scott County elementary students are making magic in the form of mirrors. It is part of their Student Technology Leadership Program. The whole point is to boost the confidence and morale of kids and teachers in their district.

"It is unbelievable what kids can do. It's unreal," said Angie Howard, the STLP Coordinator for Western Elementary.

The group of mostly third grade students from Scott County's Western Elementary has created these innovative mirrors. Made of recycled computer parts, each student has had a hand in constructing, programming and creating the reflective masterpieces. The point? To make others feel good.

"We used the raspberry pis which are like these low-cost, credit card sized computers, and so we had to program all of those so when you hook them up to the mirror the words appear," third grader Molly Parker explained.

"We made them for like students and grown-ups because we want them all to feel loved," fellow third grader Mallory Lamb added.

With the help of a motion sensor, each time someone steps in front of the mirror an inspirational quote or message appears.

"I really like the one that says 'what you do today can change the future' because it's basically telling you that you can do it," third grader Sofia Wahnsiedler said.

One of the mirrors will soon live at the central office in the district, and other schools in the district want one of their own.

The group will take this project to the state round of the STLP competition in April and possibly move on to the national competition in California this summer, but this group of sharp kids said they have already won so much more.

"I win making people feel good about themselves, " Wahnsiedler said.

"It's not just about winning prizes and getting to go to California, it's about making others feel happy and loved." Parker said.