- June 14, 2012
Workshop Explores Video Game Creation for Hearing-Impaired
A one-day workshop in game creation was held June 9 at Carnegie Mellon University for high school students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
The keynote speaker was Karen Alkoby
, associate professor at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. The workshop focused on ways that students could create compelling video games for deaf or hearing-impaired students using GameMaker software.
At the beginning of the day, Gallaudet students Dana Harman and Glen Keith gave a presentation. CMU doctoral students Gabi Marcu of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and Kenny Joseph of the Institute for Software Research gave participants an introduction to GameMaker.
Students learned the software's basic features, then created their own games and worked on marketing strategies. Projects were demonstrated at the end of the day and students also discussed how computer science applications can be created by --- and benefit --- the deaf and hearing-impaired population.
The workshop at CMU's Gates and Hillman Centers on the Pittsburgh campus was sponsored by the School of Computer Science, Women@SCS
and the University of Washington's AccessComputing
About Carnegie Mellon:
Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a
distinctive mix of programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business,
public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and
graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating
and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration,
and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for
close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive
on its 144-acre Pittsburgh campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among
leading research universities for the world-renowned programs in its College of
Fine Arts. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Silicon Valley, Calif.,
and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia and Europe.
For more, see www.cmu.edu