Updated: Dec 16, 2019
December 9 -15, XR Marin will team up with Enklu--a social reality platform for a new form of physically-integrated art and entertainment – to introduce augmented reality (AR) at the annual celebration of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek)at Terra Linda High School (TLHS) in San Rafael. CSEdWeek is designed to raise awareness of the transformative role of computing in our global society and promote computer science education in grades K -12. CSEdWeek is celebrated annually during the week of Dec. 9 in recognition of the birthday of computer programming pioneer, Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, whose contributions led to the development of COBOL--one of the first modern computer science languages.
For the past 5 years, student-led Terra Linda High School's Innovation Lab, along with their computer science teachers, hosts this annual week-long lunchtime celebration aimed to make students take interest in computer science and related academic and career opportunities. CSEdWeek is packed with a full program of activities each day during the lunch period to introduce computer science and get students coding! "We are delighted to sponsor this event and we invited Enklu to join in the celebration as they are one of the most interesting companies leading this industry segment in Augmented Reality," said Dane Lancaster, Senior Director Information Technology, Marin County Office of Education and XR Marin. Enklu transforms traditional venues into modern experience centers using critically acclaimed immersive augmented reality entertainment technology for AR headsets and mobile AR with stunning visuals and captivating interactivity. "I love the story of the student-led TL Innovation Lab," said Jose Rosero, Community Manager at Enklu "...and Enklu is excited to introduce AR to students at TLHS. "
Heather Gallagher, Vice President of Product at Enklu, will be presenting the XR Marin Industry Insights keynote on Thursday, December 12. Enklu will share how art, narrative and technology can come together to transforms traditional venues into modern experience centers using AR. XR Marin will help showcase this cutting-edge technology and provide information about educational opportunities at XR Marin. XR Marin is a program open to all students launched by Marin County Office of Education along with community partners to support education in XR: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and 360 Video Immersive Storytelling. "We are so excited for our students to have this amazing opportunity to learn about cutting-edge AR technology with Enklu and XR Marin," said Katy Dunlap, Principal, Terra Linda High School.
CSEdWeek is not only a celebration of computer science, but also a collaboration of community and industry supporting students and education through opportunities in applied computer science. Having knowledge and exposure to applied computer science will better prepare our students for college, career and a complex future society integrated with exponential technologies.
XR Marin is a program of the Marin County Office of Education in partnership with the College of Marin, Marin County Free Library, and Novato Unified School District.