PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" While most people can play computer games only after work or on the weekends, Picatinny computer engineers have made computer animation their full-time careers.

One such engineer visited Jefferson Middle School recently, to talk with students about how computer animation is created and how the military uses it.

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The educational session began with the students showing Drake the DimensionM mathematic computer game they use to learn math skills.

DimensionM, by Tabula Digita, is a 3-D video gaming technology meant to provide schools another outlet for teaching pre-algebra and algebra to students. The program allows students to play alone or compete against students in their class, district or even across the globe.

The Department of Defense has made the computer games available to the Jefferson School District, as well as nine other school districts across the nation.

During the session, Drake explained to the students how he and his teammates use computer simulation to create computer applications that teach Soldiers how to drive and operate machines that detonate improvised explosive devices.

He said he hoped the students discovered that the computer games that teach them math use the same type of video technology as the Army trainers. Both computer applications are used for education, but one helps students solve math problems and the other helps save human lives, he said.

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