Students were encouraged to play on their computers at a conference in Orono Thursday.
Hundreds of middle and high school students traveled from across the state to the event hosted by Maine Learning Technology Initiative at the University of Maine.
Kids used devices to learn about storytelling, programming and coding during a variety of break-out sessions.
The day was capped of with Minecraft video game activity.
The students recreated what it was like for Donn Fendler to be lost on Mount Katahdin in 1939.
He shared details of his survival story, while the students put their imaginations and tech savvy skills to the test.
“We just want kids to be excited about learning, find something they’re interested in. It may even turn into a career at some point,” said Learning Through Technology Director Mike Muir
“It’s fun. I got to program robots and make games,” said 7th grader Collin Grant from Southern Aroostook Community School.
Another goal of this conference, to get kids on a college campus – they had the opportunity to explore different parts of the university throughout the day.