July 22, 2017

Programming Students Adopt a Robotic Dog

Autonomous Robot at University of Advancing Technology




Recently a few Robotics and Embedded Systems students have adopted a dog! Well, actually, Kenneth Vorseth and Andrew Weisenberger have been working in the Robotics Lab to program and bring a robotic dog to life. If the robot were a real dog it would be considered to be highly trained in that this robot is autonomous, designed for the Autonomous Object Tracking Vehicles class at UAT. Just last week, I was walking by and saw student Kenny Vorseth (Robotics and Embedded Systems/ Game Programming) training the robotic canine how to fetch in the UAT Commons. Please watch the video to see for yourself. An update…

UAT Continues Support of STEM Initiative, As Host of CodeDay Phoenix for 2nd Consecutive Year

CodeDay Phoenix at UAT




UAT’s Tech-Infused Campus Welcomes Young Programmers for a 24-Hour Development Competition, Two Years Running For the second consecutive year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) co-sponsors and hosts CodeDay Phoenix, the largest 24-hour youth coding challenge in the state, on UAT’s Tempe technology-infused campus. The event kicks off on Saturday, February 18, at noon, with coders competing continuously for 24 hours and closes with an awards ceremony led by a panel of judges at noon on Sunday, February 19, 2017. CodeDay Phoenix empowers over 110 students ages 8-16, putting the focus on engaging young adults in underserved populations and areas with…

UAT Students Playtest Alumni Game at VR Release Party

UnderEarth by CrackerJame Games, UAT Game Studios alumni




CrackerJack Games LLC paid a visit to alma matter University of Advancing Technology to hold the first public demo of UnderEarth at an Alumni Video Game Release Party on May 19, 2016. UnderEarth is an immersive, first-person puzzle game available to play on both PC and Oculus Rift, slated to launch sales on Steam in June. The UnderEarth team flew in to Arizona from different states for the essential opportunity to gain real-time reactions and feedback from the active gaming community, what better place to find such a devoted pool of game enthusiasts, but at UAT! Game synopsis: Following Valvorta…

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University




The Southern Colorado Girls STEM group lead by Professor Jill Coddington, UAT Program Champion in Advancing Computer Science and Robotics, spent the weekend at UAT’s Tempe campus for a Future You University event during June 10-13, to offer these students a taste of the technology-infused innovation that surrounds our students each and every day.  These 17 middle school students won a STEM competition and their prize was a technology-filled experience at UAT. Over the weekend, the girls participated in workshops and seminars, campus tours, a weekend stay in UAT Founder’s Hall dormitory, Veggie car races, a 3D printing demo, Innovation Games,…

Phoenix Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam




Young game developers camped out at University of Advancing Technology for 48 hours to participate in the Phoenix Global Game Jam 2016 from Jan. 29-31. Yes, we may have seen some jammers sleeping, some stretching, and consuming an abundance of snacks and caffeine, but it was amazing to see UAT students and alumni, students from other colleges and even a few high schools students come out to code like crazy and learn what it takes to make a functioning game in such a short time constraint. UAT is no stranger to hosting game jams as our game students regularly hold jams throughout the year. This one…

UAT Professors Rock Coding Seminars at the Great Arizona Code Challenge

Great Arizona Code Challenge




Photo above: Professor Mark Fedasiuk working with a student during the robot demo. The first annual Great Arizona Code Challenge took place at Infusionsoft Headquarters the weekend of July 24-25, offering 38 high school students the opportunity to attend coding seminars taught by UAT Professors, where they could ask questions and discuss their ideas. The Code Challenge started off with an ice breaker in order for the programmers to get acquainted and to inspire collaboration within the group. Infusionsoft provided attendees with a comfortable and fun work space where they could code around the clock to create an original game…

UAT to Award Scholarship to the Great Arizona Code Challenge Winner

Great Arizona Code Challenge




The Great Arizona <Code> Challenge is happening Friday and Saturday at the Infusionsoft headquarters in Chandler. This 36-hour hackathon invites the best young programmers (3rd to 8th grade) from across the state to compete for prizes. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The MIT Enterprise Forum of Phoenix and the Prenda Code Club host the Great Arizona <Code> Challenge. University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is also a partner of the event promoting STEAM education. UAT will offer the winning individual or team a half-tuition scholarship as a grand prize. UAT President Jason Pistillo said, “From my experiences…