Come to Fair, save the world
do it ‘virtually’ at funhouse.
12, just wasn’t interested in the prospect of
corn dogs, cotton candy and five spins on the
She preferred saving the world from destruction
wrought by chlorofluorocarbons.
So Jennie joined hordes of other youngsters who
flocked to the Multimedia Funhouse at the Marin
County Fair yesterday to take a stab at the VRQuest™
virtual reality game that aims to put a lid on
The Santa Rosa seventh-grader saved the world
by whizzing through a virtual cityscape and shutting
down CFC-producing factories, turning off air
conditioning units and removing aerosol cans from
And she did it all in a 30-second stint with a
joystick and a Darth Vadar-like helmet."It
felt like I was flying," she said.
The game not only is providing high-flying adventure
for fair goers this week, it’s become a convincing
selling point for VRQuest™
Founder Warren Black and the "virtual worlds"
he helps youngsters create through a six-week
The computer cityscape Jennie saved from CFC disaster
yesterday was developed by youngsters aged 12
program, founded in , will be coming to Marin
this fall through the PCS Center for Enriched
Learning in Corte Madera.
kids learn solid high-tech skills they can use
in the real world and they have a lot of fun,"
program gives youngsters firsthand experience
on projects involving architecture, mechanical
engineering, robotics and lasers.
begin their training by working with those ever-popular
building blocks, Lego’s, to better visualize basic
structural engineering, architecture and mathematics
many students build up their skills to an adept
knowledge of advanced design software and use
of scanners, digital cameras, digitizers and other
at the VRQuest™ booth yesterday seemed equally
intrigued by the tactile world of Lego’s and the
3-D virtual world of computer adventure.
cluster of determined youngsters made Lego creations
that included space aliens and complicated gear
works similar to those displayed at the Museum
of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Ryan, 12, turned several heads with a Lego eagle
he created in a few minutes.
eagle was displayed at the booth all afternoon
to inspire other young designers.
Independent Journal, Section B Friday, July