IRVINE, Calif., May 19, 2011 – EON Reality, the world’s leading provider of interactive 3D solutions and virtual reality technologies for business and education, is hosting a series of Career Exploration Days for over 180 students from Orange County high schools. The first event included 60 students from Katella High School on April 28, 2011 at EON’s headquarters in Irvine, CA. Future events will be held on June 7th and 9th. The events are sponsored by Vital Link Orange County, a non-profit organization that provides experiences, resources and tools to assist students with identifying their career options and selecting a career by choice, not chance.
With EON’s interactive 3D technology solutions, computer-based visualization content is used to create a vivid illusion of reality so that users can virtually see objects and experience complex concepts and/or processes in a three-dimensional, interactive environment. Students attending the Career Exploration Day learned the various uses of these technology solutions and the high-demand career options for developing interactive 3D visualization content.
The Career Exploration Day kicked off with a presentation by Kathy Johnson, Executive Director of VitalLinkOrangeCounty. Ms. Johnson emphasized the need for students to explore career options, described various resources that students can use for this process, and showed short videos of students describing what inspired them to select their career choices. Through presentations and demonstrations by EON Reality staff, students discovered how various industries and education are using interactive 3D. Students also experienced the latest advances in interactive 3D technologies – such as gesture-based, augmented reality, holographic and immersive environments.
“Everyday use of 3D has now become a reality,” said Marly Bergerud, Vice President of Education for EON Reality, “but there is a lack of a trained workforce skilled in developing the interactive 3D visualization content that business and education continue to demand. Students have an immense career opportunity by choosing any one of many aspects of interactive 3D as a career path.” Ms. Bergerud discussed with the students the specific skills needed for a career in 3D content development. Students then met, talked with and observed modelers and developers at work creating the 3D content.
“Our visit to EON Reality was such an eye opening experience for my students,” said Diana Fujimoto, Instructor of the visiting Katella students. “It was the perfect combination of information, demonstration, and hands-on activity…the virtual rollercoaster was a big hit! My students left feeling motivated and excited about all the career options they’d be able to explore. This was definitely one of the best field trips I have ever taken a group of students to.”
Kathy Johnson explained “There is nothing more exciting than watching when a young person has a ‘light bulb moment!’ It is that moment in time when they discover how to take their talents and passions and connect it to a career direction. It is through the support of industry representatives like EON Reality that opportunities are provided for students to Explore, Discover, and Connect with their potential future careers. When a student is self-directed towards their future career, ‘school’ takes on a new dimension and the likelihood of dropping out is reduced.”
For more information about using EON Reality’s interactive software, integrated systems, or development opportunities, contact Marly Bergerud at [email protected], or for information about Vital Link’s Career Exploration programs, contact Kathy Johnson at [email protected]
About Vital Link
Vital Link is a non-profit organization with a vision to have all graduates prepared with the tools and resources to plan their educational path to lead to a career where they can reach their individual potential. With a theme of Explore, Discover, Connect, the Vital Link staff and volunteers provide opportunities for students to explore career options. Serving all of OrangeCounty and currently expanding to other regions the Career Exploration programs connect with middle and high school students. Reaching over 11,700 students in 2010-11 school Vital Link the organization is changing student’s lives and providing them with direction and focus for their future.
Vital Link partners with industry professionals in all of the industry sectors bringing industry into the classroom as well as students out of the classroom and into industry. From the reenactment of a surgery, production of a TV show, or a hands on day at EON Reality Vital Link provides a forum for industry to reach out to their future workforce. Connecting industry and education brings relevance into the classroom. For further information contact [email protected]or visit www.vitallinkoc.org.
About EON Reality
EON Reality, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of interactive 3D visual content management and virtual reality software. EON Reality provides state-of-the-art authoring software and 3D display technology solutions for immersive and stereoscopic viewing, from portable tablet PCs and glass free stereo display systems to curved-screen and immersive rooms consisting of multi-channel projection walls, etc. The technology foundation for developing interactive digital content includes importing the most common 3D animation formats into EON’s authoring software and creating modules and applications that can be viewed on various display systems. EON’s technology solutions enable all organizations to more effectively visually communicate, collaborate and accelerate knowledge transfer.
Industry leaders, including Atlas Copco, Bechtel, Boeing, Bombardier, ExxonMobile, Hon, Intel, Lexus, Lufthansa -Teknik, Lowell Manufacturing, Peterbilt, Samsung, Siemens Medical, Suzuki, Tobyhanna Army Depot, Toyota and Whirlpool use EON solutions to enhance the interactive user experience to effectively increase sales, better communicate product functionality and decrease the cost of service, training and technical support. Some educational institutions who have adopted EON’s technology solutions include: the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (located on the campus of the Florence-Darlington Technical College), Old Dominion University, Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Discovery World Museum, Oklahoma City Community College, Concord University, North Dakota State University, Texas State Technical College – Waco, El Paso Community College, University of Alabama, Hazard Community and Technical College, University of Hawaii, Lansing Community College, University of Kentucky, Maysville Community and Technical College, Red Rocks Community College, and Miami University,. For further information, contact [email protected] or visit www.eonreality.com.