iSchool advances in game development contest

Posted November 01, 2010

ACU's dedication to mobile learning and the iSchool's commitment to teaching mobile application development is catching people’s attention. The latest to take note is Unity Technologies, with the company announcing ACU as one of only 20 schools to make it into the first round of the Unity Mobile Education Grant process.

Unity“It is an exciting opportunity to work with the Unity game engine,” says Dr. Brian Burton, assistant professor of information technology. “This recognition of what the iSchool and ACU have accomplished in developing for mobile devices enables us to continue to provide training and instruction that prepares our students with industry standard software and hardware.” 

The purpose of the grant is to develop course curriculum and learning materials centered on mobile development using Unity's Android game software.

For making it into the first round, ACU will receive Unity Pro software valued at $3,000 and a Google Nexus phone for testing.

Burton began work on a proposal for the grant during the summer. Now in the first round, ACU will submit a proposal for a one-semester mobile games curriculum and two 20-minute video example lectures from the proposed course.

According to Burton, the proposed curriculum will be used in a School of Information Technology and Computing class during the spring semester.

Three schools will be selected to receive the full grant, receiving a lab pack of 20 licenses of the Unity 3D Pro game engine, the Android Pro game engine and 20 Google Nexus phones for application testing.

Unity Technologies develops tools for game developers and creative visualization professionals to deliver top-notch 3D web content, as well as games on a variety of platforms.

“The company makes one of the top gaming engines,” says Burton. “I have worked with several similar companies, and Unity is by far the most education developer friendly company that I have worked with.”

For more information about the grant, visit http://unity3d.com/education.


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