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Disney Animation Opens Lab In Chicago Magnet School

The Disney Elementary Magnet School dedicated its new state-of-the-art computer facility on Nov. 9, 2004, reports NBC5. All of the school's 1,600 students will have the chance to make animation on the computer. Walt Disney's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, was a major sponsor of the lab, in addition to IBM.

"You know, my dad always said, 'Education should not be boring; it should be entertaining!' And that was kind of the key word to everything he did," she said.

The students will be using professional software. The lab took three years to put together for a cost of $250,000.

"The skills that they're gaining are tremendously high-tech skills, and should they choose to pursue this as a career later, they'll have these skills with them already," said Bradley Fisher, technology coordinator for the lab.

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