Howard County Library System (HCLS) is pleased to announce the release of an interactive mobile game created by HiTech students. HiTech students began by learning game design principles from instructors at HCLS and Mindgrub Technologies. Over a six-week period, the students developed game logic, layout, characters, music, and sound effects to create the humorous and challenging Escape from Detention, which centers on a student who was wrongly sent to detention because of a classmate’s antics. Watch this video featuring students creating some of the game's sound effects.
The new game offers a variety of breakout scenarios at escalating levels of complexity. Watch the video, then download the game and try your hand at “springing” the student from captivity while avoiding myriad pitfalls.
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Escape is available for iPhones, iPads, and Android systems.
HiTech, HCLS' STEM Digital Media Lab for teens, centers on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The systemwide initiative is headquartered at the HCLS Savage Branch. HiTech is Howard County Library System's (HCLS) new digital media lab for teens centering on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Envisioned as a launching point for the STEM career pipeline, HiTech focuses on producing the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers needed to fill highly skilled jobs in the community and region. The initiative capitalizes on Howard County's advantage as home to a number of major STEM-oriented employers and higher education institutions. HCLS leverages the best technology, teaching tools, and people to deliver top-quality educational experiences via formal and informal hands-on instruction in a teen-centered environment. Industry experts and peer mentors teach teens basic and advanced skills using new technologies, guiding students as they create their own applications and tools. HiTech exposes students to both basic and advanced digital technology and related software.
This popular, cutting-edge initiative teaches students ages 11-18 the critical skill sets needed for 21st century careers. HiTech delivers STEM education to 1,500 students each year. HiTech’s curriculum comprises four modules: Interact (“hanging out”), Improvise (“messing around”), Invent (“geeking out”), and Instruct (Academy).
HiTech Focus Areas
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HiTech Board of Advisors
HiTech is funded in part through a federal grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and IMLS. Sponsors include Friends of Howard County Library, and Frank and Yolanda Bruno.