The school week was officially over, but local middle-school students were still looking up interesting facts Friday evening.
About 100 Carroll County middle-school students typed quickly on their laptops to find the answers to trivia questions at the third annual Student Collaboration of Research Exploration (or SCORE) Challenge.
The team-based trivia contest challenges students to use technology to find answers quickly, said Colleen Lucas, media specialist at Shiloh Middle School.
Lucas said that media specialists at Shiloh and North Carroll middle schools came together to create the trivia challenge. The goal is to teach students to use technology to learn and become more digitally savvy, she said, a skill they will need through their secondary education and into college.
"It's also about them to understand how to look for and use a credible source," Lucas said, which can help students access accurate information.
Students are allowed to use three sources — online databases — during the competition: Encyclopedia Britannica, Biography in Context and CultureGrams.
The students from East, North Carroll, Oklahoma Road and Shiloh middle schools paired in teams of two or three for the competition. During each round, students had limited time to find the answer to a trivia question.
Sarah Martin, Kailah Lee and Ashley Priest, of East Middle School, drew war paint under their eyes before the competition began. They named their group "The Sassy Batmans."
Kailah, 12, said their group's game plan was to type fast and be happy.
"This is our turf," said Kailah, pointing to the school's mascot, the Bulldogs, in the gymnasium, where the competition was being held. "You step in here; you mess with the Bulldogs."