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Two Harrisburg University faculty members gave a presentation on the in-house development of SpacEscape, a mobile science learning game students helped develop, during the Serious Play Conference that took place June 23-25.

Interactive Media Professor, Dr. Sa Liu, and Computer and Information Sciences Instructor, Brian Grey, shared their experiences working on SpacEscape, particularly on recruiting students, game design, development, testing, and the research process involved with the project.

SpacEscape is specifically designed for middle school students to provide an opportunity to learn about space science while practicing problem-solving skills. To develop the game, which is available on android devices, a 20-member team, including faculty, graduate, undergraduate, and high school student interns worked together on the design, development, and testing of the game during the past two years.

Dr. Liu and Grey particularly focused on the team’s utilization of technology to manage the project before and during the pandemic, tools that included Github, Microsoft Team, and Google Forms.

To learn more about the SpacEscape development process, visit the Serious Play Conference presentation session page here. For more information about SpacEscape, please click here.


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