ETC student project team wins gold at Serious Play Conference

The Prism Beam project team was recently named a gold medal winner in the Student Entry category at the Serious Play Conference. The student team developed a VR experience for the Pittsburgh Glass Center aimed at fostering an appreciation for glassmaking craftsmanship and skills. Participants use Meta Quest Pro Headsets to enter a virtual glassblowing studio guided by Blaze, PGC’s animated mascot, to create a blown glass ornament. The experience culminates in a virtual art gallery where players can explore their creations alongside pieces crafted by PGC artists, enhancing their understanding of glass artistry. 

The Prism Beam team consists of ETC students: Ariel He – Co-producer and UXUI Designer; Aldora Wang – Co-producer and Experience Designer, and Laura Yang – Lead Artist: ETC Alumni : Kristin Wu – Programmer and Jialu Sun – Programmer from the ETC class of 2023 and current CMU Drama graduate student Pan-Pan Gou. The project instructors were Shirley J Saldamarco and Scott Stevens.

ETC students Aldora Wang, Ariel He(CMU ETC), Pan-pan Gou(School of Drama), and another award winner Marsha Kerman(CMU METALS)
Aldora Wang and Ariel He at the 2023 International Serious Play Conference Game Night
Playtester at the conference

The Serious Play Conference is a pragmatic conference for professionals who want to elevate their skills in the use of game-based learning.  Speakers share their knowledge and experience.  Attendees participate in sessions and everyone ends up actively networking. This year’s conference was held at Toronto Metropolitan University October 11-13, 2023. International Serious Play Awards honor outstanding learning products which incorporate game elements and were created for use in education or training.

Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) is a nonprofit, public-access education center; an art gallery; a state-of-the-art glass studio; a community builder; and a hub for innovation and creativity.  Anyone can take classes, explore the contemporary glass gallery, and watch the live hot glass demonstrations. World-renowned glass artists come here to create and teach.

Prism Beam project video

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