UCSIM Hosts the Discover UC: University of Cincinnati Scholars Academy Experience

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the UCSIM Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research partnered with CECH Hughes HS Liaison Nandita Baxi Sheth to host 22 Hughes STEM High School students for a day-long session about developing virtual and augmented reality applications for their Spring 2017 Intersession.

The Discover UC: University of Cincinnati Scholars Academy Experience program is a collaborative intersession with colleges and departments across UC where students experience first hand what it feels like to be a UC Scholar and live the everyday life of a typical college student.

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Following a demonstration of different virtual and augmented reality technologies, the students partnered up to form a company and brainstorm solutions to the Opportunity/Challenge of creating a virtual reality application for incoming freshmen. The students were asked to storyboard a VR app that addressed one of three topics: Campus Safety, Finding Classes, or Classroom of the Future.

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Once their design was complete, the students were invited to sketch out a key scene from their application in 3D using the virtual reality paint application called Tilt Brush and interview for the position of VR developer for the University of Cincinnati.

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The winning team, ODD SQUAD, developed a virtual tour guide and UC Maps application that would allow a new student to practice walking to their classes in VR, and a companion mobile app to guide them on their route during the day.

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The event was a terrific success and students who successfully complete the intersession program will be invited to apply to the UC Scholars Summer Bridge program in 2017.