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ESP Course: Week Two

Posted by Charles Norona June - 29 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off

Dr. Shankar overseeing student works. Dr. Shankar overseeing student works. Dr. Shankar overseeing student works.

By the closing of week two our students had made significant progress on their projects. In the first week the students only had conceptual designs and artwork while some had the beginnings of pre-rendered artwork created with the use of Autodesk Maya 2010. As week three began our FAU Android group started to see more and more progress as the conceptual thinking of our students slowly came to fruition on the development phones we provided them to work on.
The main focus of week two was finalizing and fleshing out the conceptual work the students had done. One by one Dr. Shankar along with Professors Norman Silva, Fran McAfee, and Dr. Georgian Carvalho met with each group along with their primary mentor to give a peer-mentor review and offer guidance. Most of the students had already implemented menus, settings menus, and/or splash screens but the common remaining task was the implementation of their game or the extension of their program’s main functionality. This would be the focus of week three.

ESP Course: Week One

Posted by Charles Norona June - 21 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

At the beginning of this week we kicked off our Engineering Scholar’s Program course, Mobile Applications for Google’s Android. This course is designed to provide ambitious, high-achieving high school students an opportunity to develop Android applications for dual-enrollment credit and scholarship awards. So far most of the students seem enthusiastic and excited as we encrouage them to methodically conceptualize a product and mentor them with the development process. This past week proved very busy especially since we asked students to also meet with us on their off-days of Tuesday and Thursday in order to help them flesh out the details of their conceptual development work.
On Monday we went over some standard introductory activites followed by lectures of concept development, project management basics by a business mentor, Skender Fani, a portfolio of available applications which the students can extend, had Professors McAfee and Silva demonstrate a “before and after” evolution of our PingPong example and ended with sessions where we helped them with the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) installations and how to use its basic operations. Efforts in concept development were furthered by having some of the students meet with Professors Shankar and Silva as well as our computer engineering/science mentors on the following day.
During Wednesday morning the students were able to show powerpoint presentations of their application storyboards which were a result of their conceptual development work. In the afternoon our FAU Android group demonstrated the basics of Android concepts and touched on some implementation examples followed by Professor McAfee’s demonstration of editing video with the use of Camtasia Studio and Professor Silva’s lecture of using some basic functions of Adobe Photoshop to edit or create artwork. Before adjourning for the day students were suggested to take advantage of Professor McAfee’s expertise in video editing on the following Thursday which many of the students did.