Frankfort student’s learning game earns big recognition
September 5, 2013 3:04PM
Hickory Creek Middle School student Erik Lynch (left) presents his computer game at the International Society for Technology in Education convention. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 9, 2013 6:02AM
Hickory Creek Middle School student Erik Lynch represented his school at the International Society for Technology in Education convention this past summer.
Lynch presented his Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling game during the opening day student session at the convention.
Bob and Susan Lynch accompanied their eighth-grade son to the convention in San Antonio, Texas.
As a seventh-grade student, Lynch met with Hickory Creek music instructor David Wonder and the two of them created a computer game. The game is geared to teaching students about composers Johann Strauss and John Philip Sousa as well as waltz and march genres of music.
The new game will go along with Wonder’s Library of Congress, Teaching with Primary Sources lesson for sixth-graders.
Lynch also attended training at Governors State University, taught by L. Brown, to learn how to create games in the Aris application which was created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“All of us at Hickory Creek are so proud of Erik. He is a joy to teach, and his creativity never ceases to amaze,” Wonder said.
The new game is a retro Battle of the Bands.
While playing the game, students gather information about each composer, learning about musical meter and the composer’s background.
“Erik is an outstanding student who has a thirst for knowledge. His participation in ISTE exemplifies his passion for learning and we were quite honored to have him represent our school,” Hickory Creek Principal Kevin Suchinski said.