Students and teachers from Caddo Magnet High School, El Dorado High School, Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy, Minden High School, Southwood High School, and West Monroe High School participated in the 2nd Annual Animation and Visual Effects Cyber Discovery Camp at Louisiana State University in Shreveport June 13-18. Throughout the week, teams of six students and two teachers from each school were immersed in the world of digital media through the study of aviation physics and flight simulation, and competed in challenges using 21st century skills. These challenges included flight simulation video games, aviation physics applied to building model planes, virtual aviation navigation competitions, and remote-controlled helicopter challenges.

The camp winners were determined by the total of number of points earned by competing in the challenges throughout the week and during the final challenges on the last day of camp. On the final day of camp, teams made presentations to a panel of judges, including Colonel Keith Tiester, Mr. Jim Malone and Dr. Paul Sisson, and then participated in a bonus remote-controlled helicopter challenge. El Dorado High School emerged as the 1st place winner with a total of 822 points and was awarded $1,250 by the Cyber Innovation Center. Minden High School earned 2nd place with 775 points and was awarded $750 by the CIC. The winning schools will use those funds to purchase technology that will advance the education students obtained at the camp.

To learn more about the Animation and Visual Effects Cyber Discovery Camp, please visit the camp blog at http://avecyberdiscovery2011.wordpress.com/

Cyber camps are a product of the CIC’s Academic Outreach Program, which focuses on the integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and liberal arts. The mission of this program is to build a sustainable knowledge-based workforce that can support the future needs of government, industry and academia in our area. To successfully fulfill its mission, the CIC develops programs that take a formal and informal approach, incorporate traditional and non-traditional methods, and focus on professional and student development across primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.

While these cyber camps offer a stimulating and interactive learning environment for high school students, they also incorporate a unique professional development component. Prior to the camp, teachers attended two one-day workshops. These workshops provide teachers with hands-on training and the opportunity to explore camp topics and network with university professors. By providing teachers with the opportunity to become familiar with subject areas and interact with subject-matter experts, the chance for integration into the classroom is greatly increased.