Middle school teachers to learn to create exergames

Teachers test their exergames at the College of Charleston training in June.

Fourteen middle school teachers will be on Purdue University’s campus July 18-23 to learn how to create exergames — exercise games with a technology focus.

The professional development workshop is part of the third annual offering of TECHFIT, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. TECHFIT (Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists) trains teachers how to offer the program in their schools. The program aims to increase student interest in technology fields while offering an outlet for fitness.

TECHFIT exergames combine knowledge of engineering design, computer programming and automation.

The teachers will offer a public demonstration of the concepts they learned as they showcase their exergames at 3 p.m., Friday, July 22, at the Discovery Learning Research Center at Purdue University.

Coordinators Brad Harriger, professor of mechanical engineering technology, and Alka Harriger, professor of computer and information technology, offered the training at the College of Charleston in June as well.


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