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NBHS students participate in Texas Capitol Schoolhouse
02/01/2019

A small delegation of students and staff from New Braunfels High School along with members from the Technology Department participated in the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse event on Jan. 28 at the Texas State Capitol.

A small delegation of students and staff from New Braunfels High School along with members from the Technology Department participated in the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse event on Jan. 28 at the Texas State Capitol. Texas Capitol Schoolhouse Foundation sponsors the event to provide an opportunity for students and teachers from across Texas to demonstrate how educational technology is being used in classrooms everyday.

 

Representing NBHS were seniors Jordan Stewart, Nathan Downey and Jackson Lichlyter along with their teacher Paul Vera. They demonstrated the different phases it took them to create a 3D animation short that earned them a National Championship Award through the Business Professional Association (BPA). Their demonstration took their visitors from concept to design, prototype, rigging, animation and facial motion capture using a helmet/video camera rig they created.

 

"The Texas Capitol Schoolhouse was a great opportunity for our students to showcase their innovative work in the field of 3D design and animation,” said Carrie Hyland, NBISD mobile device integration specialist. “These young men were able to collaborate with other districts throughout Texas, expand their sense of community beyond the classroom walls, teach others about the advanced work they are doing inside the classroom, and receive feedback from representatives on how they can productively apply these skills in their future endeavors.”

 

A total of 10 school districts and 15 schools were a part of this year’s event. They each set up a table in the Texas State Capitol Basement Rotunda to share their projects with the members of the Legislature and other Schoolhouse visitors.

 

“We bring the schools together to show our legislators the wonderful things that technology funding has done for Texas classrooms,” said Dr. Deborah Jolly, the Schoolhouse organizer and Executive Director. “This year we highlighted STEM education and STEM careers of the future. Each time the event becomes more and more impressive as the technology use becomes more and more sophisticated.”

 

Other participating districts include: Coleman ISD, Coppell ISD, Denton ISD, Deer Park ISD, Ysleta ISD, Galveston ISD, Pasadena ISD, Temple ISD and the Texas School for the Deaf.

 

CAPTION: Paul Vera, Jackson Lichlyter, Nathan Downey, Jordan Stewart, Carrie Hyland, Deborah Jolly


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