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WUCF TV’s SciTech Central explores new app technology

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An Orlando high school student is teaming up with researchers at the University of Central Florida to create groundbreaking technology for autistic children.   This week on SciTech Central, meet the WuBee.  This interactive app helps kids with autism learn social cues and important life skills.

“The idea behind the game was that essentially you’re putting the kids in the role of caregivers,” said Dr. Darin Hughes, Research Faculty, Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida.  “You have this character that we call a WuBee which is neither a boy nor girl, neither a cat nor dog, but it has all the same basic needs that a kid might have.”

And there are an increasing amount of computer science jobs are being created, but the number of students in these classes is not. One club in Utah, Cache Makers, is getting young students interested in technology and science.

And, we’ll look at how writing computer code is making its way into schools and clubs around the country, hoping to get more young children interested in this field.

This episode of SciTech Central airs this Thursday, April 2nd at 8:30 p.m. on WUCF TV.