|Kids check out virtual reality classes at the James Lee Community Center.|
|Devices made in a 3D printer.|
Computer Clubhouse kids will use the 3D printers to make personalized devices for wounded military veterans and people with disabilities in assisted living.
Examples include devices that could help wounded warriors who lost an arm access the buttons on the side of a hospital bed or hold a cell phone or toothbrush, said Robert O’Quinn, technology program manager in Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS).
Kids could also help disabled adults play wheelchair soccer by making a device to prevent the ball from getting stuck under a wheelchair, for example, and help blind people play bingo by making a special frame for a bingo card.
|Computer Clubhouse kids at the James Lee Community Center.|
“In today’s world, standard competency in technology has become absolutely essential,” said O’Quinn. “The concentration of high-tech jobs in Fairfax County alone is among the highest in the nation. The sooner our youth are exposed to emerging technologies, the better prepared they will be for the career opportunities of tomorrow.”
“Your creations will impact so many people,” Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova told the kids. “Dream big.”
|Kids try a Leap Motion game controller.|