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-Article adapted from School News Network: For months now, in a digital technology program at Kent Career Tech Center, nearly 40 high schoolers propel themselves into a real-world project in digital design, animation, graphics, and game-making — all to help students with autism. This project has gained national recognition as it is now one of 10 finalists across the country in Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” competition. The Grand Rapids area student team, including students from all three FHPS high schools, need people’s help to win and cast a vote in a community choice voting campaign at the “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition” website. Voting takes place right on the website, with additional votes for sharing on social media.
FHPS students working on the project include from Forest Hills Eastern High School, Ariana Price, J’lon Johnson, and Dawson Cavagnetto; from Forest Hills Northern High School, Cody King and Lawson Weaver; and from Forest Hills Central High School, Jacob Nyberg.
According to the School News Network article, the students are concentrating on the big picture — connecting learning to real-world outcomes. “Our virtual reality experience is similar to an educational game because it functions like a game, but it is meant to be both entertaining with video play value and practical for students with autism to practice their social interactions,” Johnson said. “The awareness for this – helping (autistic students) understand the nuances of social cues — is super low and even when people are aware, they are not actively trying to fix the problem. But we are.”
Students are using the Design Thinking Process from Henry Ford Learning Institute to create “an immersive training simulation so they can practice their social skills in a virtual reality environment. …(I)n person, they might have some fear,” said Marc Petz, 3D Animation instructor at Kent Career Tech Center. “We’re calling it Social Skills Behavior Training.”
To learn more about this project, go online to School News Network: www.schoolnewsnetwork.org.