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McKinley Is First High School To Install Vicon MoCap System

Vicon V6 system is cornerstone of technology high school's curriculum (November 28, 2005)

VICON, developer of Academy Award-winning motion capture technology, announced today that Washington DC public school McKinley Technology High School (MTHS) has become the first-ever secondary school to install a Vicon motion capture system. The new install will support the school's three departments of study: Biotechnology, Interactive Media, and Digital Broadcasting, and will be integrated into its Institute of Video Game Development, a Saturday morning program educating teenagers in videogame development from over 40 schools throughout the DC metropolitan area. McKinley Technology High School has installed a Vicon V6 system, offering its students truly state of the art performance capture capabilities.

MTHS made the decision to purchase a motion capture system because the technology is so widely used in biotech, entertainment and games. "We aim to develop students who are using today's emerging technologies, and not only does this kind of technology capture the imagination of school-age children, it's a great educational tool," said Rick Kelsey, Technology Curriculum Director, McKinley Technology High School.

McKinley High School was once one of the most esteemed secondary institutions in the country, and consistently graduated students who went on to Harvard and other Ivy League universities. However, in recent years private schools in DC and the suburbs have lured away 50-percent of the school age population and the area has become increasingly impoverished. To bring back its previous luster and provide a competitive alternative to private schools, yet stay focused on educating the underserved, DC educators decided to reopen the historical school with an innovative and ambitious technology-based curriculum to get children excited about education. McKinley decided to install a Vicon motion capture system as one of a number of creative components designed to keep students engaged in the learning process; should this prove to be a success, the plan is to roll-out similar programs at high schools across the country.

The new VICON mocap studio will be the cornerstone of the school's departmental tracks: Biomedical, Broadcast Technology (television, video, radio, webcasting), and Interactive Media (video game development, visual effects and animation). It will also be incorporated into The Institute of Video Game Development, a nationwide program providing instruction at a nominal fee for at-risk students on Alias Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max for game design. MTHS and its sister school Ballou High School, also in Washington DC, will roll out the Saturday morning workshop this fall.

Kelsey, McKinley, adds, "I always thought you needed a million dollars to purchase a mo-cap system, but it wasn't until I attended the SIGGRAPH conference this past year that I realized there were affordable options. Our decision to go with a VICON system was based on very extensive research. We looked into which mo-cap systems were installed at the world's top universities, games companies, effects facilities and medical research centers, and VICON was consistently the most oft-cited manufacturer, and everyone just had great things to say about the company. VICON worked very closely with us to ensure our setup was perfectly tailored for our curriculum and within our budget."

About McKinley High School
McKinley Technology High School opened in the fall of 2004 with 9th and 10th grade students recruited from across Washington, DC. The school offers a learning environment that is digitally enhanced to allow for teachers and students to engage in a project-based curriculum that has the rigor of a first class liberal arts education and the job skills of a technical program. Technology High School will provide students the opportunity to pursue an intense focus in bio/medical technology, information technology, and/or broadcast technology.

McKinley Technology High School is a public school of the District of Columbia Public Schools in the City of Washington, DC.

VICON Motion Systems is a subsidiary of OMG plc (LSE: OMG) with global headquarters in Oxford, UK, and US headquarters in Lake Forest, CA. OMG subsidiary 2d3 Ltd. produces innovative visual geometry software deriving 3D data from moving images. Since 1984, VICON has been providing professionals with the latest tools to accurately capture the subtleties of three-dimensional human motion for research, medicine, sport, engineering, game development, broadcast and film.

For more information about VICON, or to view a comprehensive list of worldwide distributors, visit or contact +44 (0) 1865-261800 in the UK or (949) 472-9140 in the US.


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