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Gaming Student Mentors Teen in Potentially Life-Changing Encounter


Pennsylvania College of Technology facilitated “A Little Love” this month for a young technology fan available for adoption. The college’s gaming and simulation lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center hosted WBRE-TV’s monthly segment that showcases children seeking a permanent family. Chris Langlois, WBRE’s morning co-anchor, watched Penn College information technology sciences-gaming and simulation student James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, share his expertise with 13-year-old Mitchell. The Feb. 5 experience served as a confidence booster and career-exploration activity for the teenager, who proved to be a quick study in developing a computer game. (He even created a personalized second level to the game during the 60-minute lesson!) The segment aired throughout the day on Wednesday and is available online.

– Photos by Tom Speicher, writer/video editor

Temoshenko and Mitchell get down to business in the college’s gaming and simulation lab.
Temoshenko and Mitchell get down to business in the college’s gaming and simulation lab.

WBRE photojournalist Mark Albrecht zooms in on the captivated duo.
WBRE photojournalist Mark Albrecht zooms in on the captivated duo.

Temoshenko and Mitchell employ game-development software from yoyogames.com called “Game Maker” for the lesson.
Temoshenko and Mitchell employ game-development software from yoyogames.com called “Game Maker” for the lesson.

Langlois interviews Julianna Angelo, child specific recruitment specialist for Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, about Mitchell and his love for all things computer.
Langlois interviews Julianna Angelo, child specific recruitment specialist for Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, about Mitchell and his love for all things computer.

Temoshenko and Mitchell don’t mind the extra attention.
Temoshenko and Mitchell don’t mind the extra attention.

Langlois speaks with Temoshenko about Mitchell’s quick mastery of gaming.
Langlois speaks with Temoshenko about Mitchell’s quick mastery of gaming.

Mitchell is obviously pleased with his bag of Penn College goodies.
Mitchell is obviously pleased with his bag of Penn College goodies.

The lesson is a success!
The lesson is a success!

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