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Thirty-Three Orange County Teachers Receive Mini-Grants to Attend Computer Graphics Conference

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24 June 1998

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Sheila Hoffmeyer/Ann Kilhoffer
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(24 June 1998) - Thirty-three Orange County teachers have received mini-grants to support a team of individuals to attend SIGGRAPH 98, 19-24 July, 1998, at the Orange County Convention Center. Each team of four individuals, consisting of an educator, school administrator, student, and parent, will be taking part in the conference to explore the potential computer graphics and interactive technology has within education. This program is a joint sponsorship program between the Florida Department of Education, the SIGGRAPH 98 Community Outreach program, and the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee. A total of 66 teams from Florida K-12 schools are participating in the program.

SIGGRAPH, a Special Interest Group of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), is the world’s largest and most active professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques. Over 30,000 computer graphics researchers, animators, artists, educators and other enthusiasts will gather to recognize and celebrate 25 years of inventing the future of computer graphics and the changes this community is bringing to the world. A comprehensive technical program, three-day exhibition, and special activities focusing on research, art, animation, and interactivity are planned.

The SIGGRAPH 98 Community Outreach Committee spent more than a year working with Florida local-teacher organizations and education associations to determine the best way for SIGGRAPH 98 to create activities that explore the potential of new technology for kids. The result is a four-day speaker track that brings together speakers from industry with educators and students to discuss career opportunities in animation and special effects, the role of home technologies in education, and how to develop partnerships with industry. Florida educators on the panels include; Nancy Krebsbach, Evans High School in Orlando; Colette Stemple, Coral Reef School in Richmond; and Darlene Wolfe, Pasco County Schools.

"Our goal for this mini-grant program has been to build a broad and dynamic connection between the computer graphics industry and all the people that make education successful. We would like to provide a positive and inspiring window into the future, within an intense conference experience that only SIGGRAPH can provide," said Orlando resident Chris Stapleton, SIGGRAPH 98 Community Outreach Co-Chair and Producer, Universal Creative, Universal Studios Inc.

Educators from the following Orange County schools received mini-grants: Arbor Ridge Elementary, Audubon Park Elementary, Bay Meadows Elementary, Bonneville Elementary, Carver Middle School, Cherokee School, Cheney Elementary, Deerwood Elementary, Dillard Street Elementary, Dr. Phillips Elementary, Durrance Elementary, Edgewater High School, Evans High School, Frangus Elementary, Gotha Middle School, Killamey Elementary, Lake Gem Elementary, Lake Silver Elementary, Little River Elementary, Lockhart Elementary, Lovell Elementary, Meadow Woods Elementary, MetroWest Elementary, Orlo Vista Elementary, Palm Lake Elementary, Pinar Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Rocklake Elementary, Rock Springs Elementary, Spring Lake Elementary, Waterford Elementary, and Windy Ridge Elementary.

For information on the SIGGRAPH 98 Community Outreach Program, contact +1.407.888.0047, email: siggraph98@siggraph.org, or write: SIGGRAPH 98, 401 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60601 USA.

If you would like more information on SIGGRAPH 98, please call Ann Kilhoffer, SIGGRAPH 98 Marketing and Media, +1.619.275.5090, or email: kilhoffer@siggraph.org.

For news from SIGGRAPH 98 exhibitors, please see PR Newswire.

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