Projects

Art History Games

Project Title - ARTé: Mecenas

In a typical art history survey course at Texas A&M University, a single lecturer may face 150 undergraduate students in a large auditorium. In this context, the instructor is challenged to develop their appreciation and understanding of not only the art but also the context in which the works were created. In addition to using textbooks and associated online resources, students can benefit from a learning game that is complementary to the class lecture by developing an appreciation of the artworks and context through deep, formative game-based learning experiences that is long-lasting.

The ARTé game project strives to cover the major points in history in regards to Art History. We started with a Medici level, which covers the early Renaissance period in Florence.  This is a single player simulation game in which the player must make decisions about balancing resources and responding to opportunities. The player engages in a banking simulation as an unnamed member of the Medici family who must balance the building of wealth through the buying of selling of goods, maintaining a reputation with the people of Florence, and growing esteem with the clergy.  Through several mini-games, players will achieve specific learning objectives as they are playing the Medici level.

Link to Mecenas Trailer


Faculty -
Anatol Bologan, Lecturer, Dept of Visualization
Steve Carruthers, Lecturer, College of Liberal Arts, English Language Institute
Susan Pedersen, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
J. Lee Spurgeon, Lecturer, Dept of Visualization
Livia Stoenescu,  Lecturer, Dept of Visualization
André Thomas, Lecturer, Dept of Visualization

Students -
Marcos Alfonso, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Joshua Aoki, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Justin "Jeebs" Bloomer, Undergraduate, Dept of Visualization
Cameron Coker, Graduate MFA, Dept of Visualization
Gretchen Freitag, Graduate MFA, Dept of Visualization
Dallas Glowka, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Chelsey Gobeli, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Chris Gowen, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Brooke Griffith, Undergraduate BSDept of CSCE
Ben House, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Andrew Jacobson, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Zhenya Kolpakova, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Jake Lenzen, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Chiang Leng, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Alex Parker, Graduate MA, Bournemouth University
Kyle Purser, Undergraduate BS, Dept of CSCE
Kelly Robert, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Justin Sheehy, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Justin Steptoe, Undergraduate BS, Dept of University Studies
James Storey, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Mat Suarez, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Emily Vincent, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Emma Mercado, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Anne Lynch, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Adam Rehmann, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Brian Smith, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization

 

 

Project Title - ARTé: Visual Literacy

This is a game within the larger context of Arté - An educational series of games meant to be played by students enrolled in art courses.


This game will generate 10-14 different mini-games based on image/tag grouping. The teacher will select which topics should appear in the game which will influence the number of locations shown to the player. The player will participate in an overarching hub where they can assemble an art gallery to their liking or to the teacher’s specifications and also interact with the gallery of other students.


Faculty -
Stephen Caffey, Instructional Assistant Professor, Dept of Archetecture
Lilia Campana, Instructional Assitant Professor, Dept of Visualization
Dawna Schuld, Instructional Assistant Professor, Dept of Visualization
Livia Stoenescu,  Lecturer, Dept of Visualization
Susan Sutherland, Lecturer, Dept of Visualization
André Thomas, Lecturer, Dept of Visualization

Students -
Laura Adams, Undergraduate BS, Dept of CSCE
Sam Adlis, Undergraduate BS, Dept of GEOL
Dallas Glowka, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Chelsey Gobeli, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Zhenya Kolpakova, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Alex Parker, Graduate MA, Bournemouth University
Kyle Purser, Undergraduate BSDept of CSCE
Kelly Robert, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Shaeeta Sharar, Undergraduate BS, Dept of CSCE
Justin Steptoe, Undergraduate BS, Dept of University Studies

 

Calculus Game

Project Title - Variant

Variant Temple

Understanding mathematics presents challenges that are often hard to overcome.

We believe that we can create interactive tools that will engage undergraduates enrolled in Calculus classes, creating an experience that will resonate with students and help them successfully master higher concepts in calculus. This will propel them beyond the basic ability to make calculations and lead to further development of their analytical and critical thinking skills.

We are developing a complementary interactive experience, akin to playing a video game, which will serve the dual purpose of engaging students in a way that math becomes a fun and exciting activity, while transforming them into active thinkers with a deeper understanding of fundamental concepts in the subject.

 

Faculty -
Austin Bates, PhD
Paulo Lima-Filho, Associate Head for Operations, Dept of Mathematics
Sherman Finch, Assistant Professor, Dept of Visualization
Susan Pedersen, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Scott Schaefer, Associate Professor, Dept of Computer Science
André Thomas, Lecturer, Dept of Visualization

Students -
Justin "Jeebs" Bloomer, Undergraduate, Dept of Visualization
Michael Bruner, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Jordan Cazamias, Graduate MS, Dept of CSCE
Cameron Coker, Graduate MFA, Dept of Visualization
Gretchen Freitag, Graduate MFA, Dept of Visualization
Dallas Glowka, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Ben House, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Andrew Jacobson, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Zhenya Kolpakova, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Jake Lenzen, Graduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Rebecca Migl, Undergaduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Alex Parker, Graduate MA, Bournemouth University
Adam Rehmann, Graduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Elizabeth Stephens, Graduate BS, Dept of Visualization
James Storey, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Mat Suarez, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Kodi Tapie, Graduate BS, Dept of CSCE
Emily Vincent, Graduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Emma Mercado, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Joshua Aoki, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Anne Lynch, Graduate MFA, Dept of Visualization
Justin Sheehy, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Brian Smith, Graduate MFA, Dept of Visualization
Michael Stephens, Undergraduate BS, Dept of CSCE
Spencer Rawls, Undergraduate BS, Dept of CSCE

Non-Profit Hunger Awareness Game

Project Title - Feed The World

 

Feed the World is a casual clicker game that we are creating for charity. We hope to work with philanthropic organizations that provide meals for children across the globe. This quirky game is designed to keep people engaged, while also bringing awareness to those that are less fortunate.

 

Faculty -
Austin Bates, PhD
Paulo Lima-Filho, Associate Head for Operations, Dept of Mathematics
Sherman Finch, Assistant Professor, Dept of Visualization
Susan Pedersen, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Scott Schaefer, Associate Professor, Dept of Computer Science
André Thomas, Lecturer, Dept of Visualization

Students -
Laura Adams, Undergraduate, Dept of Computer Science
Justin Bloomer, Undergraduate, Dept of Visualization
Tara French, Graduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Amelia Herman, Undergaduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Myriah Higgins, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Zhenya Kolpakova, Graduate MSDept of Visualization
Balee Leggett, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Computer Science
Alex Parker, Graduate MA, Bournemouth Universitye
Kyle Purser, Undergraduate, Dept of Computer Science
Kelly Robert, Graduate MS, Dept of Visualization
Leif SeifertGraduate BS, Dept of Visualization
Shaeeta Sharar, Undergraduate BS, Dept of Computer Science
Justin Steptoe, Undergaduate BS, Dept of University Studies

 

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Current Projects


-       Art History Games
-       Calculus Game
-       Non-Profit Hunger Awareness Game

 

Future Projects


-       Logical Thinking Game