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The Next Generation of Digital Design   DIGISPIRED ii is a Workforce Investigation Inspiration for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Program funded by the National Science Foundation to Longwood University.  Digispired ii was developed for high school students in Southern Virginia to explore game design, explore STEM principles behind game controllers, learn to use C#, and then create games using Unity3D.
choose from 10 presets in either light or dark each of which can have either a light or a dark mainbody. Also, there are High, Medium and Low modes, in regards to the detail level, which allows Digispired staff to choose from either, a more graphically intense or a more graphically conservative variant of your style of choice.
powered by an army of small yet efficient turtles Digispired is powered by a small turtles, these turtles are very efficient and can even make PCB circuitboards. They could not however, help me come up with an article for this area. So it will simply talk about turtles.

Halifax Superintendent Visits Digispired

Supt Visit DSC04206Halifax County Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon visited the Digispired students during their two week Summer Academy on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. The Students shared with Herndon their progress on Unity 3D software which is a multi-platform gaming engine the students are using to create 3D games. The Digispired program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is sponsored by Longwood University's Institute for Teaching Through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) in South Boston. The Digispired program was designed to inspire high schoolers to investigate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas. Students who participated in the local Digispired program are from Halifax, Charlotte and Mecklenburg counties.  


Digispired Students Explore Nauticus

Digispired students from across Southside Virginia including Halifax, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Prince Edward, Buckingham, Appomattox, Powhatan, Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Hopewell,  Mechanicsville, Richmond and Petersburg experienced first-hand the engineering that went into the building of the Battleship Wisconsin. Students were taken on a guided tour aboard the battleship.   The Battleship Wisconsin is the largest and last battleship built by the U.S. Navy and is docked at the Nauticus Naval Museum after serving in three wars. It stretches nearly three football fields long.  Also while at the Nauticus, the students visited the Seabots Design lab where they assembled and tested their own remote operated vehicle (ROV). ROV’s are the cutting-edge technology used to explore the ocean.  The Digispired program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is hosted by Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching Through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP)in South Boston, VA.

2012 Digispired Dates

Please Mark Your Calendar for the upcoming Digispired Classes
Spring 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Summer 2012 
July 16-20, 2012
July 23-27, 2012
Fall 2012 
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012

Students Visit Riverstone Energy Center

Digispired ii students visited the Riverstone Technology Park and the Riverstone Energy Center located in South Boston Virginia. For more information on the park and this field trip please see this video.



Fall Academy 2011 Was a Success!

The Digsipired ii program completed another successful Fall Academy on October 22, 2011.  Students worked diligently on their programming skills using Microsoft C# software.  During the Fall Academy, Digispired students visited the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Computer Science department.  The students participated in several hands-on demo's presented by UNC graduate students.  On October 22, the students visited the VIPER project at the Virginia International Raceway where they were able to experience a race car simulator first hand. Students also visited the Riverstone Energy Center in South Boston.  While there, they learned about advanced manufacturing.  We are looking forward to the Spring Academy 2012. 

The dates are as follows:

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012

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