UW Bothell students place at Imagine Cup finals


December 12, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425)352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – Students at the University of Washington Bothell have gone above and beyond at the US Imagine Cup 2012 competition. Projects by two student teams won in the preliminary round and will proceed to the semi-final competition this spring.

UW Bothell students Jack Chang Keng-Wei and Jebediah Pavelas formed Team Kinetic Math. Their team competed in the software design category and presented a tool for interactive math education. The tool utilizes the Microsoft Kinect to teach students an abstract and visual method of math.

Students Evan Harris, Craig Nishina, and Peter Thongprada Luangrath competed in the game design category as Team Credit/No Credit. Their team created an educational game intended to fight the global spread of infectious diseases. The game teaches young players that people are vulnerable and capable of contracting transferrable diseases such as malaria and HIV/Aids.

The US Imagine Cup competition was created by Microsoft to challenge students to create unique technological solutions that address real-world challenges through software design and game design. The competition began on August 16, 2011 and will continue through a second round of semi-finals on March 13, 2012. The final competition will be held in April of 2012 in Seattle. For more information on Imagine Cup, visit www.imaginecup.us. To learn more about the students and their projects, visit www.uwb.edu/css/newsandevents.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning.For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.