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.


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.


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.


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.


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.