Cisco Systems has unveiled an online village for students ages 8 to 14, called Packetville, that uses interactive video games and other activities to encourage students' interest in math, science, and information technology (IT). The site's interactive games demonstrate some of the many ways that technology serves useful functions worldwide, while preparing students for higher education and careers in IT. Helping to navigate users through Packetville are Peter and Penny Packet, animated characters who take on the role of heroes to help clean the environment, spread education, and promote good health, among other activities. Packetville also includes resources for...

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