High school tech camp shows seriousness of video-gaming
As Matthew Stubbing waves his arms and punches the air in front of the green screen, the muscular character across from him copies his movements.
The Stevenson High School senior is using the newest technology in the video programming class to design Kinect body movement games for Xbox 360. Later, his class will use the same technology to make characters they've 'skinned' run, dance and jump in the game.
Lake County high schoolers have the opportunity to become "not just users of technology, but creators of technology," said Joe Judge, who teaches the video game programming course at Lake County High Schools Technology Campus.
Video game programming is just one of many technical programs offered at the tech campus, which any Lake County high school juniors or seniors may attend during regular school hours. Fifty-five percent of public school districts in the U.S. had students enrolled in technology-based distance education courses in 2009, according to the National Center for Education Statisitics.
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