PIKEVILLE – Area high school students sharpened their technology skills and learned about the science of vision in a setting centered on gaming during the University of Pikeville’s first Esports and Vision Science Academy.
An interest in video games led to a broader learning experience. During the two-day camp, students deconstructed and rebuilt a computer and received tutorials in shooting video and working with green screens and lighting. Students also recorded and edited their own videos for Twitch.tv, a live streaming video platform primarily used for gaming.
“Students were surprised to learn how much vision science is incorporated into technology, Esports and Twitch.tv broadcasts including how a video camera is similar to how an eye functions or how green screens work by preferring certain wavelengths,” said Eilene Kinzer, O.D., senior clinical instructor of primary care optometry and ocular diseases at the university’s Kentucky College of Optometry. “Vision training can help improve hand-eye coordination and peripheral awareness, as well as eye movements when looking across a computer monitor.”
The academy was hosted by the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry, UPIKE Esports program and the Holler, a social learning network designed for users in Central Appalachia.
Participants in the camp included: Luke Ray from Mullins School; Jared Stanley from Shelby Valley High School; Cade Looney and Sam Childress from Riverview Elementary/Middle School; Cody Blankenship and Abigail Thornsbury from Grundy High School; Joe Steele from Pikeville High School and Josh Griffith from Pike Central High School. UPIKE students Aaron Asbury and David Chapman assisted with the camp.
For more information about the Esports and Vision Science Academy at UPIKE, contact Kinzer, at [email protected]