CHILDERSBURG -- Now in its 11th year, the Innovative Learning Showcase invites students and teachers from all Talladega County Schools to showcase their yearlong projects exploring topics in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), arts and coding and programming.

The 2019 edition was Friday at Childersburg High School.

This year’s theme centered on coding and programming as students researched and designed their projects.

By working on these long-term projects, the students are learning leadership, presentation skills and problem solving to come up with creative solutions to modern problems.

Passion projects were a new addition to the showcase this year. Students were given the opportunity to research topics they were passionate about and could be expanded to benefit the community.

More than 150 students from all schools in the system participated in the event this year and were required to present their research projects to judges as well as the many guests that toured the showcase. Awards were given to the students with the highest judges scores.

The event also serves as a major fundraiser for the TCBOE Foundation, which provides grants to teachers and scholarships for students.