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A Fantastic Finish!

posted May 20, 2011, 5:57 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated May 24, 2011, 6:30 AM ]
This was the last full week of the school year, and we finished out the last month with a couple more cool events.

First, we had Chris Rickwood in to speak with the students about music.  For those who don't know about Chris, he's considered one of the major forces in music for interactive media.  If you click on his name above, you'll see the list of major projects he's been involved with, especially in the gaming world.

Chris spoke about portfolios, college and career choices, and a lot of his own background.  We then went onto and listened to a few pieces he wrote for games, commercials, and more.  He's an amazingly talented guy, and it was such a treat to meet him after our HiRez trip, as he's working on those games too!  In addition, he works with Eclipse Gaming, where Bryan Reed (a CDAT Advisory Board member) works in the gaming industry.

Of course, what could we do after Chris?  We've seen it all, right?  Not really.  We continued working on "The Teables", a website to help developmentally disabled people learn concepts and vocabulary via video tutorials.  While this is still in draft stage, our students learned a lot about working as a team, since this involved the entire class on the same project!  Guided by the school psychologist, Ms. Draper, we have developed a process for creating a series of Flash videos based on a script, that we should be able to do a lot of work on in the Fall. 

CDAT and The VOLT from Jim Ellis

And THEN, to just do one more thing, we brought a Chevy Volt for the kids to see!  There are only 2 of these in the State of Georgia, and Jim Ellis Chevy allowed us to bring one to Sugar Hill, Georgia!  The Volt is like the iPhone: an amazing example of what CDAT is all about, a beautiful and effective combination of design and technology.  All of the kids had a chance to turn the car and off, see the completely button-free dash and screens, and learn a whole lot about a cutting edge car.  Thanks to Mark Frost, VP of Jim Ellis for a real treat to end our year!