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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Richmond Senior High School is hosting “The Summer of Kainotomia 2010.”

This summer internship program is currently underway and runs through July 29. The goal is to teach students the fundamentals of JavaScript programming, 3-D modeling, and 3-D simulation.

Kainotomia is the Greek word for innovation. Just over a year ago, this innovative program was started in Richmond County Schools by IT Director Jeffries Epps and seven high schools students. The goal was to teach students how to create 3-D models of objects that teachers could use to introduce new concepts during instruction.

Richmond was one of 11 school districts to receive a portable 3-D theater from the BRAC Regional Task Force in 2009. With only 10 hours of initial instruction, the students quickly surpassed the learning curve and were working with a geometry teacher to create objects and animations explaining the concepts of transitions and rotations. The i3D Internship was born from there, and throughout the following school year, the interns met regularly to expand their skill sets.

Flash forward to today, and Epps along with two of the original seven interns have set their sights on a larger stage – the BRAC Region.

Students from E.E. Smith High School, Lakewood High School, East Montgomery High School, Overhills High School, Lumberton Senior High, and Hoke County High School now are participating in the program.

“There are some things that are too important not to share,” said Epps. “These are future-ready skills that will allow schools to produce a future-ready workforce upon graduation from high school … and will look great on a job application or a college application.”

Epps is looking to establish i3D teams in each of the high schools in the BRAC Region.

“Let me be clear when I say that this is not a club nor is it about just creating video games,” added Epps. “We want to prepare students for STEM careers and provide them with the skill set to complete globally. We will stay actively engaged with every intern until they graduate.”

With regards to the future, Epps looks to expand the internship to school districts nationwide.

“Richmond Senior High School is proud to serve as the hub for The BRAC Region,” closed Epps. “In the near future, the BRAC Region will serve as a hub for the entire nation. Game On! ” said Epps.

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