Field Trip Brings Serious Tech to High School Students

High school students posed in front of IITSEC sign


For the past several years, Paragon high school students have the opportunity to attend the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). I/ITSEC is the world's largest modeling, simulation and training event.

High school student trying on robotic gloves

Held near the beginning of December in Orlando, I/ITSEC consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students.

This year, 19 Paragon high school students joined hundreds of other students from schools around Florida. The students enjoyed all kinds of exhibits ranging from STEM activities to augmented and virtual reality simulations and more.

Here’s what some of the student had to say about their experiences.

Emily B., 9th Grade Student

This was my first time on this field trip, and it was incredible! My favorite part of the field trip had to be the simulation where I was a bird, flying over a city. I had always dreamed of what it would be like to fly, and I finally got my wish.

High school on bird flight simulator

Aaron B., 10th Grade Student

It seems that with every year, I/ITSEC always has something new and different that grabs my attention and fuels my intellect. For example, I learned of a field surgical procedure to treat severe burns. I wish there was a simple answer of my favorite part in I/ITSEC, but my favorite aspects were the virtual reality and augmented reality technological programs. I feel that I/ITSEC has inspired me that my future’s best interests lie in technological advancements. With all of those displays, I saw numerous chances and options of using portions of machinery and improvements that can be made to the systems for eventual integration into the world and civilian life, even then, it would create numerous paths for further advancements.

Miles S., 10th Grade Student

It was interesting because I/ITSEC had some new technology and wonderful ideas on surgery to save more lives. My favorite part was when they showed us the Cyberith Sincraft. I always wanted “Ready Player One” to be an actual thing and now it might be possible. This field trip made me think about what I’m going to do in the future and how am I going to do in it. Maybe I’ll become a video game creator in the future or something else. Either way, I think that my future is going to be great. What I’ll become only time will tell.

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