McNeil students get glimpse into real world careers with technology tour bus visit

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]fullsail-copyThe Full Sail University multimedia truck visited McNeil High School, providing over 300 students a glimpse into real world careers within the interactive entertainment field.

The 85-foot long truck comes equipped with state of the art hands-on encounters that demonstrate interactive applications used for multimedia careers within the music, gaming, animation, film and digital arts industries.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from the business academy, enrolled in the digital and interactive multimedia, sports and entertainment marketing, animation and advertising classes each had 45 minutes to explore, create and produce a personal multi-media experience.

“Our job as educators is not just to teach the kids, but to expose them to the vast array of career opportunities that await them, beyond our doors.” said Scott Hall, CTE teacher. “This is a chance for students to find a career opportunity in a field that they are passionate about and begin making plans to further their education and chase their dreams.”

The truck includes five interactive stations:

Art, Animation, and Design
Students sent themselves artwork from a 3D and 2D design station equipped with an interactive stylus pen and drawing tablet.

Arcade Area
Students had the opportunity to play game projects through a retro arcade console.

Sony AnyCast
Live content production technology allowed students to adjust audio, camera angles, and other factors of concert footage to develop a look for live TV.

Lighting Design Station
At this station, students created virtual lighting effects and worked with a lighting console to control professional lighting within the truck using concert design software

Music Engineering Station
Students mixed music in real time using a touch-screen console and professional recording software.

“It was nice look into seeing what a Liberal Arts college can offer in the form of a digital arts education and the kind of careers it could lead to,” said McNeil Junior Ann Marie Young. “All the equipment was touch screen and I learned that putting on a show is a lot harder than it seems.”

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