HU team to present mobile game app at Games for Change Virtual Festival

HU faculty members Sa Liu and Brian Grey, along with Computer and Information Sciences students Sayed Sayed, and Jesse Garner, will deliver a presentation on their problem-solving mobile game “SpacEscape” during the 2020 Games for Change Virtual Festival on July 16.

SpacEscape provides middle school students an opportunity to learn about space science while practicing their problem-solving skills. In 2019, 269 middle school students participated in a test study of the game. Test results showed that the science knowledge of students who participated in the test increased significantly following the test.

Paired Sample T-test on student science pre- and post- test scores showed significant improvement during the Phase I study (t= 11.025, p < 0.0005). Specifically, the average science knowledge test score improved nearly 16 points (PreTest = 43.20; PostTest = 59.04; on a scale of 100).

To create the mobile game for Android devices, a team of 12 members worked together for six months on the design, development and testing. Liu, Grey, Sayed, and Garner will share the game design, development and testing process during their presentation. The audience can also play the game during the talk.

The development team was led by three HU faculty: Liu, Mina Gabriel, and Grey; three undergraduate students from the Interactive Media and CISC programs: Mickey Lam, Sayed Sayed, Jesse Garner; and four Mechanicsburg High School students: Samuel Dinner, William Hoover, Isaiah Bretz, and Dean Maxwell, who were also invited to speak at the 2020 Games for Change Virtual Festival in New York City.

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