May 26, 2017

Can VR Help Reduce Stress Levels in College Students?

Virtual Reality Degree at University of Advancing Technology




Can Virtual Reality (VR) help to reduce stress levels in college students? Let’s find out. High school student Kristy Taing, who attends BASIS Chandler, is conducting her senior research project at UAT to study anxiety levels in college students. In working with UAT Game Studios Program Champion Derric Clark and game design students, Kristy has created a study that measures a students stress level before and after playing a short, relaxing VR game on the HTC Vive for a period of five minutes. In order to measure the stress levels of students, Kristy used a Likert scale and blood pressure…

Try Virtual Reality at Tempe Geeks Night Out

Tempe Geeks Night Out




Come check out a Virtual Reality demo at UAT’s booth at Tempe Geek’s Night Out on Thursday, March 2, from 4:30-8 p.m., at Tempe Public Library. Join Tempe’s Geeks Night Out in its 6th year running, presented by the Arizona Sci-Tech Festival showcasing all things STEAM-related. If you don’t know what STEAM means, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. As technology becomes more and more immersed in today’s world, STEAM jobs will be in extremely high demand and luckily for UAT students, all of our majors offered are 100 percent STEAM. Enthusiasts and Geeks of all ages…

Whiskered Away – Global Game Jam Winner To Be Featured at GDC Play

"Whiskered Away" created at the 2017 Phoenix Global Game Jam.




Congratulations to UAT Game Studios development team who took first place in the Phoenix Global Game Jam held at UAT on January 20-22. A week from now, the devs will leave for GDC Play in San Fransisco, California to show off their new game, “Whiskered Away,” as the Game Jam’s grand prize sponsored by Clique API. “Whiskered Away” takes place on a beach with cute, colorful cats who are collecting shiny coins that belong to Poseidon. The cats must avoid Poseidon’s wrath as he throws waves at the cats trying to pull them out to sea. If the cats are successful…

Phoenix Global Game Jam Held at UAT – Jan 20-22

Phoenix Global Game Jam held at UAT




New Year, new game jam! Collaborate and compete with game developers from all over Arizona and the world in the 2017 Phoenix Global Game Jam! Whether you’re a grizzled game dev veteran or a total newb, you’re invited. Join a team and collaborate for 48 hours to build an awesome game. Come alone, start a team with your friends, or hop onto a team at the jam. This year’s Phoenix Global Game Jam is sponsored by Clique, Red Bull, and the University of Advancing Technology. The prizes are going to be awesome – so stay tuned! Program Itinerary: Day 1…

New Games Greenlit for Development in Spring 2016

Greenlight pitches and team awards




The UAT Game Studios class held a daylong event to close out the Fall semester of game development. During the morning segment team leads handed out awards to hard working students on each team who shined in their role of game development. Student Jesse Rogers gave a short presentation on tips for being successful in UAT Game Studios. One of his biggest takeaways was to get involved in game jams because you think quickly, brainstorm lots of ideas, work under pressure to meet a deadline much like in the real world, figure out your skills, work with new people and in the end have…

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell Highlights UAT at State of City Address

Busta Worm demo with Jesse Rogers and Mayor Mark Mitchell




In preparation for the 2016 State of the City Address on Dec. 2, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell spent a few hours at UAT familiarizing himself with UAT’s new Virtual Reality degree by testing out “Bust’a Worm”, a new virtual reality game students created for the HTC Vive, originally developed for a 48-hour game jam. Mayor Mitchell also met with students Kenneth Vorseth and Ryan McDonald as they demonstrated their cost effective version of a VR head mounted display (HMD) unit, a product they have been innovating all semester and have hopes of bringing the finished version to the consumer market. Mayor…

Greenlight Celebration

UAT Greenlight Celebration




You’re invited to the 2016 Fall Greenlight Celebration, an event for University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to acknowledge the fantastic work of its UAT Game Studios students. The Greenlight Celebration offers them the opportunity to demonstrate the games they’ve been working on for the last semester to fellow students and to the public. The UAT Game Studios is a multidisciplinary collaboration of students across undergraduate and graduate degrees and on-ground and online programs consisting of mostly game design and game programming students, as well as art and animation majors to form well-rounded game development or game dev teams.  What: 2016 Fall Greenlight Celebration Where: UAT…

UAT Offers Hot New Courses Like Virtual Reality and The Walking Dead Analysis

Gothic Literature Class




Did you know that UAT offers a class on the hit zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead? Why yes, we do! You can also learn how to bring Virtual Reality products to market right as the industry is blowing up with new opportunities. No matter what you’re interested in, UAT has an epic selection of classes that lovers of technology like yourself can get excited about! Each semester UAT offers a variety of special topics courses in humanities (HUM388), science (SCI388), social sciences (SS388), and technology (SPT323). Classes are filling up for the Spring 2017 semester. Students can get immersed in technology in so…

UAT Supports AZ Tech Council in Hosting 2016 Fall Chief Science Officer (CSO) Institute

Chief Science Officer training at UAT




High School STEM Students to Participate in Chief Science Officer Training In collaboration with the Arizona Technology Council, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) will host the 2016 Fall Chief Science Officer (CSO) Institute on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, bringing together high school students interested in STEM for a day-long training session. In the second year of hosting this event, UAT welcomes 150 high school student leaders to its technology-infused campus for a day of training on how to be effective advocates among their peers and the community for all things STEM. What is a CSO? A Chief Science Officer or…

Virtual Reality Gains Traction in Mainstream Industries

Virtual Reality Degree at UAT




Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades, but in the last year VR has been making a name for itself as a rising career in today’s world. What is VR? Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors. Some examples of Virtual Reality devices include Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which can be demonstrated in the New Technologies Lab on UAT’s…