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Rendering of a view of the interior of Fort San Juan at Joanna, located in present-day Burke County

Rendering of a view of the interior of Fort San Juan at Joanna, located in present-day Burke County.

WPCC Students and Faculty will be presenting an interactive visualization of the 1567 Spanish settlement, Fort San Juan located in the native village of Joara. Fort San Juan was the first European settlement established in the interior of what is now the United States, predating Roanoke by nearly 20 years and Jamestown by 40 years.

This is an on-going service learning project implemented by faculty and students in WPCC’s Digital Effects and Animation Technology and Simulation and Game Development in partnership with the lead Archeologist of the site excavation, David Moore. Since 2014, capstone courses in both A.A.S. programs, Digital Effects and Animation Technology and Simulation and Game Development have assisted in content creation, interactive programming, and graphic animations producing a variety of content including an interactive map of Pardo’s route to Joara, complete with voice over and textual animations based on Pardo’s notary, Juan de la Bandera. In addition students have also created a Virtual Reality environment  of the 16th century Spanish settlement and Native American town of Joara. This has been developed for the HTC Vive VR platform.

There are two events for the installation:

  • March 17th Hickory Metro Center 6:00-9:00pm
  • March 18th Burke History Museum 10:00am -3:00pm

 

To learn more about the Exploring Joara Foundation, visit their website.