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Boy Scouts from across the country enjoyed the technology exhibit presented by ECU's College of Technology and Computer Science at the 100th anniversary Boy Scouts of America celebration at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. (Contributed photo)

ECU presents Virtual Technology Exhibit at National Scout Jamboree

During the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary celebration at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., the ECU College of Technology and Computer Science presented a virtual technology exhibit available to the more than 45,000 Scouts attending the 10-day event, July 26-Aug. 4.

Scouts from all 50 states and 26 countries had the chance to experience more than 50 technological demonstrations, presentations and hands-on activities that included biology, robotics, energy virtual reality, and chemistry. TECS provided computers, large screen monitors and a back screen classroom for the exhibit.  

The exhibit was presented by Chuck Lesko, assistant professor in the department of technology systems. The scouts had the opportunity to dive into their own virtual world. They were able to create avatars, which are computer users’ representations of themselves or their alter egos, usually in the form of three-dimensional models used in a computer-generated, virtual digital environment.

“The exhibit was a hit from day one,” said Lesko.

For most of the demonstration sessions, it was standing-room only, he said. All total, more than 140 demonstrations were conducted giving thousands of scouts an opportunity to look deeper into the world of virtual technology.  

“Virtualization is a technology that these scouts will live with the rest of their lives,” said Lesko. “Our hope here is that they are more aware of what virtual technologies are all about. Maybe we inspired a few of these young men to learn more about the technology field, but most importantly we hope that they had fun doing it.”

This story appeared originally in the Sept. 24, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at