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MURI Program: Nanovision – Augmented Reality App for Nanotechnology

DUE is home to IEL and the CRL which is administering the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) both in the academic year and the summer, which creates and supports multidisciplinary research teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, senior staff and faculty. The primary purpose of these teams is to provide undergraduates a unique opportunity to gain research skills by working with mentors on real world problems.

Overview of department:

The School of Engineering and Technology offers high-quality education and research opportunities to help prepare students for the professional world. The mission of the Mechanical and Energy Engineering and Computer Information & Graphics Technology departments is to provide the best educational and research curriculum possible, giving the tools and knowledge needed for students to succeed in their careers.

Project summary:

The primary goal of the team will be to further develop a game-based mobile experience called Nanovision. The team will work on app design and game development which includes front-end design, storytelling and content creation to. The team will continue the developed of a mobile app which includes comic-like-characters, avatars, drama, and other such story elements with the goal of creating a highly interactive and entertaining experience to teach nanoscience and nanotechnology to kids. We are hiring five students to serve in this role.

Specific tasks that the MURI student will complete: 

  1. Mobile App and game development for Nanovision project. The team will work on app design and game development, we aim to add the comic-characters, avatars, drama, and other such story elements that are used to make games highly interactive and entertaining for the science communication of nanoscience and nanotechnology to a young audience.
  2. Literature and web survey to identify the state-of-the-art on nanoscience, nanotechnology, and AR apps.

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the MURI candidate to have:

Position 1 – Interest in scientific research, nanotechnology, primary education, and/or data analysis and surveys Positions 2 to 5 – Background and interest in app development which may include REACT Native, Java, unity and or similar languages

Learning objectives as outlined in the IUPUI Profiles of Undergraduate Learning:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

  1. Innovator: Students will gain experience working on game-based learning approaches that will combine innovative methods with technology in education which are entertaining to a wide array of K-12 children.
  2. Problem Solver: Students will gain experience in an immersive learning environment that enhances nanoscience and nanotechnology education.