Students create 'Escape From Detention' mobile game

Students participating the Howard County Library System's HiTech digital media lab have created “Escape From Detention,” a game for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

As of this week, the game had been downloaded more than 3,700 times, according to Christie Lassen, director of public relations for the Howard County Library System..

Since HiTech's beginning in January 2012, more than 1,200 students ages 11-18 have participated in the media lab, creating music, 3D images, video, e-books and the game released Jan. 25.

Over six weeks, HiTech students developed the game — including layout, characters, music and sound effects — which features a student who was wrongly sent to detention and must escape. The students learned the game design principles from instructors at HCLS and Mindgrub Technologies.

According to a release from the library system, HiTech is an initiative focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with industry experts who teach students basic and advanced technological concepts and skills.

HiTech is funded in part by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, IMLS and Friends of the Howard County Library. Partners include the Howard County Public School System, Mindgrub Technologies, the Columbia Association, Voices for Change and the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering.

The game is available for download at

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