After-School Program Combines Education And Gaming Technology

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Most parents are constantly trying to tear their kids away from video games, but that is not the case at one school on Staten Island.

A group of whiz kids at P.S. 3 have spent the last few weeks designing their own 3-D video games, complete with virtual reality goggles.

“He’s looking up because the goggles, it’s like you’re in the game with the goggles,” Cameron Banjay, 11, told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu on Thursday.

Once a week students attend an after-school program and work as teams to design games from start to finish.

“Most kids would rather just stay home and play video games, so if you combine education that people don’t like and video games, they can learn education from the video games,” Banjay and his friend Dante Acquatico.

The program was developed by Warren Black at Computer Technology Consultants Inc.

“It’s all based on history or science or how to be a hero as opposed to the negative content we see in the normal video games,” Black said.

Students at P.S. 3 said they love the program.

“We could basically make our own world and add anything we want to it,” said 10-year-old Sofia Gianquinto.

Educators called it an important teaching tool.

“The children are getting their hands on violence and getting the wrong things on the Internet. We need to teach our children to use the Internet and use technology responsibly,” Principal Judith Wilson said.

The pilot program is being used in two New York City schools, but developers hope to take it nationwide.

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