Students, faculty, families invited to attend game showcase

Published: Dec 11, 2006 10:39:53 AM
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More than 15 teams from an Auburn University introduction to engineering class will be presenting games they have been working on as part of their final design project on Wednesday, December 13 from 2 - 4:30 p.m. in the Foy Union Ballroom. Auburn faculty, students and members of the community are invited to attend and try out these games, which range from trivia and board games to a miniature demolition derby to a variety of sports-themed competitions.

Student teams were asked to design a game that could be fully played in twenty minutes or less, and was suitable for persons 12 and older. The game had to be easy to explain, fun to play and could not resemble any existing games. Students first presented their games to their classmates. The game showcase will provide them with a chance to debut their games outside the classroom and will also serve as their final exam in the class.

"I felt the challenge of designing an original game subject to a variety of constraints would fit well with the engineering design process, would be compatible with the backgrounds and experiences of the students, and would be fun," said Nels Madsen, associate dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, whose class is hosting the event. "We're looking forward to having as many people as possible come and try these games. The students put a lot of time and energy into this project, and in the process learned quite a bit about real-world project management, design, scheduling and working as a team."

Classroom teachers from area schools are encouraged to bring their students to this event. For more information, contact Madsen at 334.844.3329 or