FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 July 2007
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Local San Diego Seniors, Youth, and K-12 Teachers to Participate in Hi-Tech SIGGRAPH Conference
(San Diego) - SIGGRAPH officials today announced specific plans to provide local San Diego senior citizens, children, and K-12 teachers the opportunity to experience the amazing educational advantages that computer graphics provide during SIGGRAPH 2007 - which brings an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to San Diego, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from 5-9 August at the San Diego Convention Center.
Specifically, 15 local Regional Occupational Program students will receive a complimentary opportunity to attend SIGGRAPH 2007 and be mentored by computer graphic experts and industry leaders. Also, a group of senior citizens and K-6 students will be participating in immersive, educational exercises taking place in a collaborative artist workspace known as the Guerilla Studio.
In addition, as part of the SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program there will be an in-service tutorial on design for K-12 teachers on Monday 6 August at the San Diego County Office of Education. Approximately 100 local teachers will be awarded a complimentary opportunity to attend the SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program.
"The SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program content details how to use cutting-edge computer graphics as a teaching tool in all levels of education," said Janese Swanson, SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Chair from The Art Apprentice and a San Diego K-6 technology teacher. "Everyone - from children to seniors - can enjoy and use technology to build technology skills there by enhancing career opportunities, fostering creativity within themselves and share their ideas, and improving the quality of their lives."
Also on hand at SIGGRAPH will be the Sage Canyon Wheels on the Bus Exhibit, which is a collection of 500 multimedia works by local elementary school children. The work is an example of collaborative teaching and integration of technology throughout the curriculum - as required by California grade-level standards.
The SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program will explore the interdisciplinary use of computer graphics across numerous content areas and in several different presentation formats including formal (Papers, Panels, Workshops, QuickTakes, and Forums) and informal opportunities to reinforce the teaching-learning community's inspiration and commitment.