Field-Testing Emerging Technologies at RIT & Tangible Play

Over the last several months, our 4th grade STEM students at Allendale Columbia School, have enjoyed several opportunities to field-test emerging technologies. Tangible Play (affiliated with Stanford University’s StartX and First Floor Labs Programs) is creating a new market in the game industry with its artificial intelligence technology with merging physical and virtual worlds in an educational platform.

RIT’s MAGIC affiliate, the FOSS@MAGIC Initiative (Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture), grew out the Department of Interactive Games and Media’s course in Educational Game Development and is a unique multi-disciplinary collaboration spanning colleges, curricula, and research throughout the campus. The RIT students presented their final course projects for our STEM students to field-test. These projects include real-world, interactive ecosystems which are already targeted to be integrated into aquatic museums along with other exciting and innovative technologies under development. Most exciting of all, this learning opportunity has provided for an authentic experience for our young students, as well as, the college students – with both groups of students fully engaged and appreciative of – learning from one another!