Lee's Summit R-7 School District
Zoey Sears (left) and Wade Smith (right) developing their Virtual Reality solution

LSR7 high schools tackle real world problems at Virtual Reality hackathon

LSR7 high schoolers recently participated in the VRoKCs international Virtual Reality Hackathon, an event that required students to use problem-solving and teamwork skills to create innovative Virtual Reality projects that help solve a real world problem.

The students from LSR7 that participated in the three-day event at the UMKC Bloch School of Business include: LSHS students Kyaira Boughton, Annabelle Franke, JT Gentry, Zoey Sears, and Wade Smith and LSW students Dylan Huff-Wolford, Ethan Payne, Kyle Spies, and Derick Worthley.

Students learned of their “problem” – design a VR solution to improve vision skills that can increase athletic cognitive performance – at the event before spending two days developing software and programming solutions.

“They learned valuable skills and industry insights from industry professionals mentoring and judging the hackathon and developed valuable network connections for their potential career paths in software development,” said computer science teacher and LSR7 Girls Who Code facilitator Deanna Soukup.

Next up for the team? The Spring 2019 VRoKCs hackathon, which will include two additional teams from LSHS and LSW.

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