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Samuel Middleton of Kearney won the $1,000 first prize for his Oculus Rift video game, which is a virtual reality headset gaming device. The game involves a player surviving on a motorcycle while avoiding walls and artificial intelligence. Players use the Oculus Rift to look and feel like they are actually riding the bike. View Sam's video.
Deividy Negri's Sports Event App was also in the top 10 ideas. View Deividy's pitch.
Collecting, calculating, reporting, filing and tracking body-mass index data for Kearney’s school children was a tedious task. That is, until Jacob McCann, a UNK CSIT student, put his emerging app-development skills to use developing a new mobile application.
After a semester of development through a unique industry-university development and internship program, Kearney school administrators and school nurses are putting the iPad app to use this fall compiling BMI student data in the schools.
The app is the brainchild of UNK faculty Kate Heelan and Bryce Abbey, who proposed the idea for the Hollman Internship Program project in December 2014. Intern Jacob McCann was selected from student applicants to work with Heelan and Abbey and experienced app-development mentors at Hollman Media in Kearney. McCann completed the app in July and has been working out the bugs this fall to see the final product, the School BMI Calculator, finished. It’s in use now.
December 8th, 2015, from 6:30-7:30 PM in Otto Olsen Room 110.
A new partnership between the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) and the Grand Island Career Pathways Institute (CPI) is aimed at tackling the IT workforce deficit in Central Nebraska. This agreement establishes a dual enrollment opportunity for the UNK CSIT Introduction to Computer Science course.
According to Dr. Harms, the dual enrollment with Grand Island CPI is a model that UNK plans to build on. Establishing dual enrollment programs with Central Nebraska schools allows talented students to earn college credit while still in high school. This shows these students they can be successful in the IT field, and provides them with incentive to pursue an IT-related major in college, thus impacting the number of high school students with IT career awareness, the total enrollment of CSIT majors at UNK, as well as the number of IT professionals in Central Nebraska.