Discovery Connect featuring America’s Army and Rise of the Video Games

The Official Game of the U.S. Army

The Discovery Educator Network is thrilled to announce this next Discovery Connect!  Your students are really going to love this webinar. Trust me when I say you won’t want to miss this one!


Recently, the Discovery Channel featured a mini-series entitled Rise of the Video Games. America’s Army, a computer game developed by the U.S. Army was featured prominently due to its ultra-realism and how it was being used for training purposes.

This webinar will feature some of the creative geniuses BEHIND the computer game. They will discuss how they created the game, how they took real Soldiers and real Army locations and put them into the game, and how Soldiers are using game technology to train. They will also answer questions students have about the development process or what courses (or schoolwork) are needed to become a game developer.

Additionally, two lucky classes had the opportunity to see the technology personally. One class visited Redstone Arsenal, a military post in Alabama to get hands-on with the real game-based trainers used by Soldiers and see how some of this technology made its way into the game, while a second class visited the game developers’ studio in Emeryville, CA where they got to try out the motion capture/sound studio where real Soldiers were digitally scanned and inserted into the computer game environment. Short digital stories from both visits will be shown during the webinar.

While all age levels are invited to participate, this webinar is recommended primarily for middle school and secondary school students.

The webinar will be on Wednesday, April 9th at 11:00am EST.


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