Game developers were invited to “Game Jam,” the first conference of its kind hosted at the White House.
The computer science majors, junior Adam Aji and sophomores Jacob Settlemyre and Stephanie Yu, were chosen by computer science professor Diane Pozefsky to attend the conference, after they took her Serious Games course in the fall of 2013.
“She said we were her ‘A team,’” Settlemyre said.
Pozefsky said the UNC team was one of two undergraduate teams, along with the University of Maryland Baltimore County, to participate with professional developers, including the Finnish makers of Angry Birds.
During the conference, the teams created prototypes games to be used for educational purposes.
The topics of the games ranged from physics to the electoral college.
“When most people think of education games they think of really bad games but over this two-day period all these game developers came together and made these really great games, and I think it’s really cool that the White House is supporting it,” Settlemyre said.
Yu said she had previously seen video games as purely recreational.