Gonzales Middle School wins Honorable Mention in National Autodesk Competition

From left: Director of Middle Schools Edith Walker, TAG teacher Aimee Perrodin, Alania Roberts, Sarah Wraight, Taylor Chmurka, Carmyn Robinson, Isabelle Olivier, Gonzales Middle School Principal Lori Charlet, RaeKwon Keys, Brooklyn Battle, Madeline Pittman, Anne Albarado, Anthony Comeaux, Director of Special Education Lynn Hathaway and Superintendent David Alexander

Gonzales, La. — The Talented and Gifted (TAG) students at Gonzales Middle School won Honorable Mention in the 2019 Autodesk “Make It Real” Challenge, a makerspace contest to win equipment for a school makerspace. Thanks to a video created by student Anthony Comeaux, Gonzales Middle will receive 10 Chomebooks from Autodesk and Tinkercad.

Perrodin, Comeaux & Alexander“After discussing in class the application questions, students were asked to create a short video entry which would be edited into one video for the contest. One of our very talented students took it upon himself to create a stop motion video using a salvaged iPhone, legos, and important points from our class discussion. After showing his peers, they nominated it as our entry into the contest. A script was made, audio recorded, background music added and viola! That video won honorable mention in this national contest,” said TAG teacher Aimee Perrodin. “We are extremely excited to share the news and so proud of our students!”

“Since joining our Mighty Bulldog Staff in August, Ms. Aimee Perrodin has done a phenomenal job of encouraging and motivating our gifted students to excel in all areas, particularly in the use of technology and community outreach! I am so proud of Anthony for using his creativity and expertise to make the video and have such pride in the efforts of all of our Mighty Bulldog gifted students,” said Gonzales Middle School Principal Lori Charlet.

In addition to the contest, these students are working on an application to Real World Scholars for their own education corporation, where they will continue to develop ideas and create products to promote a cause. Their current project includes 3D printing objects to sell and raise money for charities. With the month of March being National Women’s month, they chose to fundraise for the Iris Domestic Violence Center in Gonzales. Students and staff collected items and sold 3D prints, baked goods, and Ay-Jay’s lemonade. All proceeds will be donated to the Iris DVC. Students raised an impressive $425!

“We are very fortunate to make real world connections and honor others while learning about technology, entrepreneurship, and community service,” said Perrodin.

To watch the award-winning video, visit https://youtu.be/LoPQ3LO1ebU. For the official announcment and more information about the contest, visit https://blog.tinkercad.com/2019/04/01/make-it-real-honorable-mention-awards-part-1/