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For Immediate Release
August 20, 2012

Sparking STEM Interest with 3-D Challenges

Key Info

  • Adventures in Computing for Teens I and II challenge teens
  • ETCS Outreach programs for middle and high school students
  • Students created animation and video games

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—During the summer many teens kick back and relax at home watching TV or playing video games. That wasn’t the case for 29 students in grades 8–12 who created their own animation and video games during the ACT I and ACT II (Adventures in Computing for Teens) summer exploration camps at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). These two camps are a collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science K–12 Outreach. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning is hands-on and fun, which is critical to increasing the interest of younger students in those fields. It’s also what the students experience in the camps.

Bob Sedlmeyer, associate professor of computer science, leads the week-long camps guiding students in the design and animation of a 3-D virtual world using “Alice” software. In Act II students worked on advanced techniques. The culmination of their efforts was demonstrated to family and friends on the final day of each camp, prior to receiving awards. "These adventures in computing camps gave teens opportunities to learn about computer science and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of computer programming. I was very impressed by the creative and complex animations they constructed during the camp” said Sedlmeyer. “I would be pleased to see any—or all—of them in my programming classes in a few years!"

The following ACT 1 Awards were presented:

  • Most Comprehensive: Sage Stumpp, Shelbyville High School
  • Most Creative: Alex Steffen, Bishop Luers High School
  • Best Story: Greg Shoda, Snider High School
  • People’s Choice: Jessica Kilgore-Smith, South Side High School

ACT 1 certificates of completion were presented to: Bradley Bellis, Homeschool; Zachary Brown, Homestead High School; Jeremy Brune, Northrop; Christopher Keske, Northrop; Jessica Kilgore-Smith, South Side High School; Gilson Moh Jr., Blackhawk Middle School; Nick Ryckman, Homeschool; Mike Sartiano, Woodside Middle School; Spencer Shank, Lakeland High School; Greg Shoda, Snider; Nolan Sipe, Bishop Dwenger; Alex Steffen, Bishop Luers; Riley Stuart, Leo Jr/Sr High School; Sage Stumpp, Shelbyville High School; Jacob Violet, Delphos Jefferson High School; Zena Wagner, Holy Cross Lutheran; Andrew Weidmeier, Holy Cross Lutheran; Spencer Wyatt, Homeschool; Rhett Zehner, Blackhawk Christian High School; and Jonathan Zhou, Canterbury

The following ACT II Awards were presented:

  • 1st Place: Zach Brown, Homestead High School
  • 2nd Place: Bradley Bellis, Homeschool
  • 3rd Place: Jacob Violet, Delphos Jefferson High School
  • People’s Choice: Jessica Kilgore-Smith, South Side High School

ACT II certificates of completion were presented to:

Joseph Becker, Homeschool; Bradley Bellis, Homeschool; Zachary Brown, Homestead High School; Jeremy Brune, Northrop; Patrick Collins, Bishop Dwenger; Christopher Keske, Northrop; Jessica Kilgore-Smith, South Side High School; Michael Mettler, North Side; Dan Painter, Lakewood; Nick Ryckman, Homeschool; Mike, Sartiano, Woodside Middle School; Jacob Scheele, Homeschool; Spencer Shank, Lakeland High School; Greg Shoda, Snider; Nolan Sipe, Bishop Dwenger; Riley Stuart, Leo Jr./Sr. High School; Sage Stumpp, Shelbyville High School; Tristan Tucker, New Tech Academy; Jacob Violet, Delphos Jefferson High School; Zena Wagner, Holy Cross Lutheran; Cecilia White, Whitko High School; and Rhett Zehner, Blackhawk Christian High School.

For more information on these and other ETCS outreach programs, contact Carol Dostal, director of ETCS outreach programs, at 260-481-6905 or dostalc@ipfw.edu.

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