Chesterton Middle School teachers, left to right, Mary Gish, Toni Biancardi and Carla Sissell are armed and ready to play an exergame with students in their new after school program.

CHESTERTON — Register from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today and Tuesday or TECHFIT (Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists) coming to Chesterton Middle School (CMS). The after-school program, which teaches students to integrate technology and fitness to create exergames, will be offered in the fall. Throughout the 10-week program, students will learn how to combine engineering design, computer programming and automation to create an exergame that may be showcased at the annual competition.

CMS teachers Carla Sissell, Mary Gish and Toni Biancardi were one of five teacher teams and the only team from Indiana accepted into the weeklong workshop held at Purdue University in July. The team was awarded second place overall for the exergame they created as well as recognition for the Best Use and Integration of Technology in their exergame.

Parents and students will have an opportunity to learn more about the program and play an exergame created by the teacher team at registration.

The professional development workshop is part of the fourth annual offering of TECHFIT, sponsored by a 1.2 million dollar grant by the National Science Foundation. TECHFIT 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. For more information about TECHFIT visit techfit.tech.purdue.edu or follow TECHFIT on Twitter @GoTECHFIT.

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