1: Project Synopsis

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Project Synopsis: The Illuminate project is the first step towards inspiring young minds to pursue science and engineering as a career. Initiated by DARPA, this is a multi-year project working in conjunction with many different institutions and organizations, such as the Sesame Workshop and Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute. The end-product will be a multi-platform game that both inspires and teaches 1st-3rd graders basic concepts in the field of science. This semester, we are focusing on developing game prototypes that utilize these concepts in a fun way.

This Week:
-Learning goals discussion with HCII
-Preliminary design brainstorming
-IRB training (to approve our team for playtesting)
-Media creation (poster, logos, etc.)

Sean Brice:  Artist & Designer
My background is in digital art, specifically 3D asset creation for games. I also have 2D capabilities as well as design skills. For this project, I will be working out designs for our game experience as well as art creation, whether 2D or 3D. This will be a new experience for me, designing educational games so I’m really excited for what’s going to happen over the next 15 weeks!

Jing Jin: Programmer
My background is in mechanical engineering and I’ve been working on creating 3D models and animation in the past year of ETC. I had programming experience in undergraduate study. For this project, I would like to pick up my programming skills and improve them by working collaboratively with other programmers on the team. I’ve never worked on educational games before but I would like to figure things out and create meaningful and interesting science games for children with the team.

Matt Champer: Artist & Designer
My expertise lies within level design, and we are hoping to utilize this when it comes to creating an expandable game.  My background mostly consists of 2D and 3D art asset creation, as well as some design experience.  For this project, I’m excited to utilize all my skills in creating a fun and inspiring educational game for kids.  I’m looking forward to the next 15 weeks, and see great potential for the end-product.

Qiaosi Chen:  Programmer
My background is software engineering, basically, I can program. I also know 3D software such as Maya, I can make 3D art asset, and a little bit 2D art staff. In this project, I would like to make a 3D educational game for children, from designing a game to developing the game, this whole experience is good for me to improve my skills, and I am excited about working on a game like this in the next 15 weeks.

Luke Jayapalan:  Producer & Designer
Before coming to the ETC, I studied the Great Books at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, where students discuss and learn together about the big ideas that shaped the history of math, science, literature, philosophy, and the arts.  At the ETC, I’ve served as a game designer and producer on past projects, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of designing fun and effective science games for such a young demographic.

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