Five computer science and computer engineering students from Cedarville University won second place in the Games 4 Girls Competition. Left to right: Devin Wicker, Stephanie Russell, Alissa Johnson, Sarah Norris, Kirsten Nicolaisen and Dr. Vicky Fang. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck / Cedarville University
by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
June 5, 2009
Cedarville, Ohio—Gaming might have been a “guy thing” at one point, but not anymore. Now, female computer science and computer engineering students at Cedarville University are taking programming out of the classroom and using it to invade the world of gaming. And they’re having a blast doing it.
Five students from Cedarville recently won second place in the Games 4 Girls Competition, sponsored by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Fourteen schools participated. Among them were Cornell University, the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia.
Teams of up to five college women designed computer games specifically for middle school and high school girls. The entries were then judged by high school girls.
For the competition, Cedarville’s team developed Hott Lead, an RPG adventure game in which a detective tries to save a girl’s father.
“This is a great experience for the female engineering and computer science students,” says Dr. Vicky Fang, assistant professor of computer engineering at Cedarville. “There is no doubt the programming techniques we used in this competition will benefit their academic performance.”
The team members worked on the project for three months, making graphics, writing the story, and programming, all while juggling full course loads.
“It was enlightening to see what I’ve learned in class actually being applied to a real-life situation,” says Stephanie Russell, a sophomore computer science major from Butler, Penn.
“This experience made me much more confident in my programming skills,” adds Alissa Johnson, a junior computer science major from Lapeer, Mich. “It also allowed me the chance to learn a new programming language, and it showed me a different side of computer programming that I had not experienced previously.”
Read more about the Games 4 Girls Competition.