The National Center for Simulation (NCS), in partnership with Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS), Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), and AEgis Corporation, will hold a hands-on, three-day modeling and simulation (M&S) training course for educators on June 6-7 in Orlando.

“We are very excited about this course developed for Florida high school and middle school teachers currently or planning to teach M&S, to include courses in simulation, animation, gaming and visualization,” said Henry “Hank” Okraski, NCS board member and chair of the NCS Education & Workforce Development Committee. “The invitation is extended to technical school teachers and those few elementary school teachers using or planning to use simulation in the classroom.”

The June course is available at no cost for the teachers, however space is limited to 40 and interested teachers are expected to work through their school districts to request a seat.

Participants will earn credit, which will be established by their corresponding districts, and while at the training, their meals are provided. Teachers with the backgrounds in the areas of simulation, animation, gaming, and visualization will be poised to take the NCS M&S Certification Examination.

The lead teacher is Hagerty High School’s Lindsey Spalding, who will facilitate the hands-on M&S computer training, using available software systems used in her prototype M&S program. This will be the third M&S teacher training course given through NCS over the years and will be the most intense as M&S education is being incorporated into school programs more extensively.

Speakers from industry and the government will round out the agenda, which is in the process of being finalized. The course venues, equipped with the necessary computers, will be at the AEgis Corporation in the Central Florida Research Park and Hagerty High School in nearby Oviedo, FL.

The course was constructed in memory of Bill Waite, longtime AEgis leader in M&S education and NCS Modeling & Simulation Hall of Fame member.

For more information, contact the program coordinator, Jenna Tuck at AEgis or Hank Okraski.

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