September 25, 2017

Chief Science Officer Institute Returns to UAT

Chief Science Officer training at UAT

The CSO Institute is back! Between 100-200 middle and high school students will be on campus on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, preparing to be advocates for STEM. The Chief Science Officer (CSO) program is a project that has been a partnership between UAT and the Arizona Tech Council/AZ SciTech Festival since 2015. What is uniquely great about this program is that it finds teens who love tech and then gives them a deep dive into leadership, networking, communication, social media skills and some advanced tech, as well). The result is that these future programmers and builders are…

Phone Charging Hack for Emergencies

Cell phone charging hacks for emergencies like Hurricane Irma

UAT Computer Science student Christopher Peterson shows off a phone charging hack for emergencies. With hurricane season underway, this information is useful to residents in the areas affected by Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma. Not to mention, students living in Arizona should always be prepared as the desert is not a great place to be stranded, either. In the event that power is out and cell phone towers are down, a cell phone can be used for the flashlight feature, to photograph the scene and to help first responders locate you by GPS. Materials needed: 9V battery spring from pen car…

On Set in 360!

Alex Beaver’s Student Innovation Project transports viewers behind the scenes and into the middle of the action for the filming of UAT Digital Video’s upcoming military survival film “Instinct.” Written and directed by Killian Davies, “Instinct” tells the story of a Marine helicopter pilot downed in the hostile territory of Yemen, and chronicles her harrowing journey to safe extraction by her fellow Marines. “Instinct” filmed in a variety of amazing Arizona locations, including Pima Air and Space Museum which was kind enough to let the UAT students use their helo simulator for crucial scenes. If you’ve ever wondered what’s it’s…

UPDATE: UAT Student Competed in Unspoken VR Game Tournament

Oculus The Unspoken VR Tournament

Alumni Jesse Rogers, who studied Game Design at UAT, had the chance to compete in the final stage of Oculus’s The Unspoken VR Tournament for Oculus Rift Touch last month in New York City. Because Jesse made it to the Top 8, he won airfare and a hotel stay in New York City so he could participate in the finals. See our previous blog on how Jesse earned a spot in the Top 8! So how did the tournament go? Jesse checked into the hotel and took a ride to the Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue. At the studio, he met…

UAT Game Studios Host Summer Greenlight Celebration

Greenlight Celebration

Do you love video games? Our Game Studios students not only love to play games, but also spend a lot of time making them, too. Come see what UAT Game Studios has been up to this semester at the 2017 Summer Greenlight Celebration, an event for UAT to acknowledge the fantastic work of its students. Greenlight is a celebration of games, where students demonstrate the games they’ve been working on for the last semester to fellow students and to the public. The Greenlight Celebration takes place on Aug. 18, from 5-7 p.m. in the UAT Theater and Commons area. The UAT Game…

UAT Seniors Present Their Student Innovation Projects at the SIP Fair

Student Innovation Project Fair at UAT

The UAT Student Innovation Project (SIP) Fair is a showcase of semesters of hard work and innovative ideas. In preparation for the Fair, students research opportunities and overcome challenges as they strive to innovate new ideas and products that aim to bridge gaps within their fields and outside industries. Senior level students are coached and supported throughout the process and they learn to question their concepts and develop skills to move their projects forward. The upcoming SIP Fair for this Summer 2017 semester takes place on August 8, in the UAT Theater. It is an all-day event, starting at 10:30…

Summer of Cyber Security Events

Cyber Security Degree at UAT

It’s summer at UAT and not only do we keep campus cool with fun club events and activities at the UAT Founder’s Hall dorms, students enrolled in various Network Security and Cyber Security majors have hot some opportunities to shine. Black Hat Briefings The Black Hat Briefings is a security conference giving corporate businesses, government agencies, military, the private sector and independent security experts access to panels, industry experts, companies and technology in the security world. This year, Black Hat will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, from July 22- 27. UAT Network Security students and…

Game Design Student Ranked Top 8 in VR Tournament – Finals This Weekend!

The Unspoken VR

Game Programming student and avid gamer Jesse Rogers put his skills to the test in The Unspoken VR game tournament against other local gamers taking first in the local and regional competitions. These consecutive wins secured Jesse a spot in the Top 8 to complete in the Finals this weekend in New York City. The Unspoken VR, played on Oculus Rift, is holding a nationwide tournament hosted by Insomniac games, Microsoft and Oculus. The game is a 1v1 magic throwing player vs player game and the winner takes the best of three rounds. Jesse had never played this game before, but…

Custom Whiskered Away Xbox Controllers Made By Local Startup

Whiskered-Away indie game

The Phoenix Global Game Jam returned to UAT for the second consecutive year in January, bringing game developers from all over the Valley to our campus. UAT Game Studios students came out in full force forming small teams and collaborating their skills to make a playable game in just 48 hours. The result was over 20 completed indie games revolving around the theme of waves, which gave team “Whiskered Away” a fun idea for a 2D party game. See the most recent trailer here. Picture a beach with cute, colorful cats collecting shiny coins, but this treasure belongs to Poseidon….

Spooky Locations Give “Help Falls” Horror Film Cred

Help Falls-winners at Student Innovation Project Fair (SIP)

“Help Falls” is the collaboration of UAT Digital Video cinematic innovators who dreamed up the idea for this interactive, horror film that allows the viewer to interact along with the movie and choose the ending on behalf of the main character, featuring up to 30 possible endings. A choose your own adventure of the horror variety… let’s see what happens next! As a team, Jordan Wippell, Brandon Scott and Gwyneth Christoffel, make up Brandingo Films and have collaborated on numerous shorts in their time spent at UAT. “We started working together on an official music video project for They Might…