Technology is a billion dollar industry and Howard University students are tapping into it by creating interactive games and events like Roast and Toast where students “roast” or critique various games.
Howard held its first Roast and Toast event in February which was produced by students enrolled in the Computer Science Game Engine Programming and School of Communication news game directed study.
With the success of the first event, they are gearing up for Roast and Toast 2 taking place Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m. at Howard University, Screening Room West in the School of Communications.
The purpose of the gaming event is to bring students with engineering, communications, and electronic studio concentrations together to create interactive media content.
“Typically students and faculty work with others within their discipline and rarely, if ever collaborate outside their school or college,” says Howard University systems and computer science professor, Todd Shurn, Ph.D. “Games and interactive media are collaborative across disciplines. It’s imperative that students learn to collaborate outside of their majors in preparation for project leadership.”
Journalism students will present their new game that teaches Associated Press Style writing at the upcoming event. In addition, students will demonstrate “Collect 2 Protect”, a Windows PC game to save the world from carbon induced global warming. According to Shurn, all games will be completed by student s by the end of the semester.
The Roast and Toast events and direct study are just the first steps Howard is taking to prepare students for emerging trends in technology. They will also be hosting a Social Media Conference in partnership with Bowie State University in September.
Anyone interested in technology and interactive content are encouraged to attend both Roast and Toast 2 and the Social Media Conference in the fall.
(Photo Credit: Howard University School of Communications)
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