Beanstalk

 Unity 3D

Beanstalk Title Screen

Description

An Entertainment Technology Center project:

This game focuses on teaching balance to the player, as they must plant flowers to counter balance the different bugs on the plank. The design is based heavily on a research paper done by Carnegie Mellon University professor, Robert Siegler, on balance experiments.

DARPA’s ENGAGE program was a multi-year project geared towards increasing the number of children in the US pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. This project’s end product is a series of game technologies that are designed to teach children ages 5-10 different topics inside of STEM. The initiative is funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), and involves several partners for game development and educational assessment of the games. Our partners included Sesame Workshop, UCLA and the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Over the course of 3 years, I have worked on 4 games. The first game, RumbleBlocks, teaches basic stability principles while the other three games: Beanstalk, Helios and PuppyBot Rescue, focus on teaching the balance formula.


Available on the web or Android, Developed using Unity 3D

Role

Level Design, Game Design

Title: Staff Designer

Team Members

  • Sean Brice: Artist & Designer
  • John Balash: 2D Artist, Game Designer
  • Nora Bastida: Programmer
  • Chandana Bhargava: 3D Artist & Animator
  • Daniel Hausmann: Producer, Sound Designer
  • Weiwei Huo: Programmer
  • Xun "Eric" Zhang: Programmer
  • Bryan Maher: Programmer
  • Mike Christel: Co-PI, Programmer
  • Scott Stevens: PI (Principle Investigator)

The game was later updated and improved upon additionally by Samantha Collier, Cathy Chase and Erik Harpstead.

Responsibilities

  • Educational Content Control: creating and overseeing the in-game puzzles and levels
  • Game Design: wire-frame mock-ups, sketches and documentation
  • Additional Art Support: some UI elements, some animation and some 3D modeling (Beanstalk and Birds)

Links

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