STEAM Week – Scott Lichamer

National STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) day was on Sunday, November 8, 2020. In honor of this day,  the District will be highlighting students with a passion for STEAM. 

Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated experience that allows people to explore different places or view something completely different from the real word. According to Forbes, the Coronavirus Crisis has influenced the future of virtual reality. “Billions of people are stuck at home and seek an escape. Life in quarantine is challenging, and virtual reality seems tailor-made for this moment.” [Read the full article]

Sycamore High School student Scott Lichamer started coding during the summers of second and third grade, when he took beginner coding camps at Northern Illinois University. “[The camps were] a great experience and I have taken many classes since then. Along with that, Virtual Reality was something that I had always wanted to do since it first came out.”

Throughout his career at Sycamore High School, Lichamer has deepened his passion for VR, Augmented Reality (AR), and creating programs that allow people to enter into a different world. 

This is the first year that Sycamore High School has offered a class for students to create their own VR and AR programs. Although COVID safety precautions have caused some setbacks in the class, such as finding a way around using shared headsets, students are being creative. “We have started doing some programs that utilize your device’s camera, for example, the game pong, we have created a VR version for two players that use their hands to hit the ball back and forth,” said Lichamer. 

Lichamer has been coding since he was young, but it can be overwhelming when you first start. Lichamer’s advice is to take five minutes every night to practice coding and programming. “You don’t need to take a formal class to start coding, that is definitely not true. You can self learn a lot of the intro stuff online through free softwares.” 

There are two teachers in particular that Lichamer wants to thank for helping him further his passion for coding. Those are Ms. Keca for helping him learn coding and mastering the difficult concepts; and Mr. Jordan for helping him with his work ethic and providing great resources that have helped him in coding.