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    Connectivity, Robots and a New Reality


    by Valerie Cimarossa, Vice President, Marketing & Technology   The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, as expected, presented us with a flurry of new Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices, robots, and household items driven, sometimes literally, by artificial intelligence....

    by Valerie Cimarossa, Vice President, Marketing & Technology

     

    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, as expected, presented us with a flurry of new Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices, robots, and household items driven, sometimes literally, by artificial intelligence.

     

    Smart cities was a major theme of the show, with products and concepts demonstrating connectivity in every aspect of life, both inside and outside of the home, for every member of the family. I recall halfway through the day telling a coworker that I couldn’t think of a single thing I used in my daily routine that I hadn’t already seen on the floor, connected to something else.

     

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    The concept of smart cities isn’t brand new, but this the companies and tech supporting what has been dubbed, smart city “infrastructure and resilience” made a dominating appearance. Public safety and national security could not be overlooked, ranging from a more intelligent traffic grid, to a pedestrian-driven street light system. Perhaps most impressive was, a robot – AIMBOT – that physically monitors your entire network, rolling back and forth scanning the screens in your SOC with its RFID, infrared thermal and motion detection enabled eyes and sensors, looking for changes and potential threats to your infrastructure. Major Wall-E vibes with this one.

     

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    Samsung and Amazon were king when it came “cool tech” – mats for your pantry that sense your stock and re-order when you’re low, rolling OLED TVs, 8K and a plethora of bots but the ruler of the show was MisappliedSciences, with Delta, because they introduced a whole new reality.

     

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    Parallel Reality is essentially a customized reality tailored to you. In Delta’s use case, debuting in the Detroit airport this summer, passengers’ boarding passes pair with specialized screens in the airport and when approached, the monitor only displays your information to you. The same thing occurs for the Delta passenger standing next you. You’re looking at the same screen, but you’re seeing your info and they’re seeing theirs. Tailored, custom, parallel. The MissappliedSciences proprietary technology, the mirror-like Parallel Reality Pixel, “simultaneously displays millions of rays of color and brightness” where traditional pixels display one.

     

    But what does that really mean? An old 8-bit video game has so few pixels you could see how each one joined to create the image you were looking at. A good HDTV displays enough pixels of light and color that your eyes cannot decipher the space between them. A Parallel Reality pixel displays so many pixels that you can’t see them all – and the PR device (in Delta’s case, a boarding pass) determines which one is visible to you. Think about standing in your bedroom with a friend and there’s a mirror in the corner. You’re off to the left and your friend is directly in front of it. You might see the dresser and a corner of your bed, but your friend will see themselves. One mirror (screen), two people, each with their own unique view.

     

    Of course, MisappliedSciences won’t detail how the pixel itself works, but this technology that seems by imagination only, is not only real, but it’s here now and it’s telling of this exciting time in tech.

     

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    The next generation of technology innovation begins the day students set foot on campus at the University of Advancing Technology. It's a technophile’s dream environment where innovation and passion for advancing technology are synthesized with the best of faculty and technology resources.

     

    At UAT, a Student Innovation Project (SIP) is a culmination of an undergraduate student’s hard work on a specific assignment relative to their degree and technological field of study. A SIP is similar to a Capstone or Master’s thesis but with an agile, new-age approach to developing a student’s career-readiness. 

     

    Are you an innovator with an idea? Than UAT is the place for you! Contact us to start building your future today. 

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    UAT Alum Become Storyists, Abroad


    Jacob Glass and Ceara McSherry have gone a long way since graduation... literally, a long way in their travels across the globe. From zip-lining through the rain forest to chasing shipwrecks off the coast of New Zealand, these two have documented an exciting voyage since leaving campus, capturing their adventures and beautiful surroundings. As they come to the end of their journey, we sent...

    Jacob Glass and Ceara McSherry have gone a long way since graduation... literally, a long way in their travels across the globe. From zip-lining through the rain forest to chasing shipwrecks off the coast of New Zealand, these two have documented an exciting voyage since leaving campus, capturing their adventures and beautiful surroundings. As they come to the end of their journey, we sent them some questions about life after UAT. Read on. 

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    Taking photos at Tongariro National Park just near the base of mount Ruapehu, AKA mount Doom from Lord of the Rings.

     

    What did you study at UAT?

    Ceara and I both studied Digital Video while attending UAT. 

     

    How did you start your travels?
    We started our travels by applying for a working holiday visa in New Zealand back in December of 2018. It’s an extremely simple process that can be done on the New Zealand government's website. We were approved two days after applying. Once approved, our visa was valid for one year after we entered the country. By New Years, our flights were booked and we notified our landlord that we were not going to renew our lease. At the end of January, we put in our resignations at our jobs and sold most of what we had. We left on March 17 and never looked back.

     

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    Jake & Ceara often stayed in their van as they road tripped across New Zealand. 

     

    What is your ultimate goal from your traveling?
    Our ultimate goal from traveling was to meet new people, have new experiences, and gain a global perspective. Professionally, we had planned on taking photos and videos of our explorations to help build our reels and portfolio while abroad. 

     

    What has been your favorite place to visit and why?
    Ceara - Fiji was my favorite spot to visit because we got to interact with locals and learn about Fijian culture. Plus, we made a lot of friends from all over the world who were equally adventurous as us. Everyone had the same goal in their travels, so it enriched the experience. And the natural beauty of the country was unbelievable. Fiji was a truly amazing adventure.

    Jake - It’s hard to pick one spot because each place was so different from the next and each had its pros and cons. One of the most standout places would have been towards the end of our time in NZ. We were staying at a working hostel outside of Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, while we worked at a tree nursery. It was amazing because not only was Napier an interesting and unique city, but we lived and worked with the same people which made it feel less like work and more like camp. We planted and trimmed trees for 50 hours a week then got to go swimming, hiking, or partying on the weekend with people our age from around the world. It was a combination of the work, the people, and the place that made it special to me.

     

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    Jake relaxing on the beach after a long day of adventures.


    How did your education at UAT help you?

    Most of what we were doing we learned along the way. However, both Ceara and I worked as RAs in the dorms which helped get us jobs working at a cafe and hostel on the west coast of South Island. 

    What are your future plans?

    Currently our plans for the future consist of us getting jobs and returning to the work we love to do, which is filming and working on sets. 

     

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    Telling ghost stories and chasing shipwrecks in New Zealand.

     

    How are you helping to save the world?
    How are we helping to save the world? Well, currently we’re not. That’s a big question with lots of possible answers. We learned a lot about sustainability and conservation while in New Zealand and are excited to implement some of things we learned here in the future. Until then we are just doing our best to stay informed politically and plan to vote in both the primaries and general elections. 

    What advice would you give other students to encourage them to pursue their dreams?

    Honestly, the best advice I can give anyone about pursuing their dreams is to have a plan. Do the research required to know what tools you will need to get from where you are to where you want to be. After that it just takes patience and persistence. 

     

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    Ceara exploring caves a few miles west of Greymouth (on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island) and finding some glow worms.

     

    At UAT, we're proud of Jake and Ceara and looking forward to seeing what's next for them. Watch videos created by the duo on their YouTube channel, Storyists Abroad, and follow their personal Instagram blog @storyists_abroad.

     


     

    Want to learn to how to document the world? Our Digital Video Bachelor of Arts is a film production degree that prepares you to take on the challenge of storytelling with contemporary relevance. You'll be immersed in leading-edge technologies and environments that are essential to today’s film, television, video production, news gathering, animation, visual effects, gaming, web and interface design industries. The focus of this film production degree is creating digital video production professionals who will have mastery over the dynamic and ever-evolving realm of 21st century film technology and artistry. Learn more at https://www.uat.edu/digital-video-degree

     

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    The Importance of Gameplay Loops in Game Design


    A considerable amount of work goes into developing a game. Artists paint beautiful worlds, writers craft...

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    A considerable amount of work goes into developing a game. Artists paint beautiful worlds, writers craft elaborate stories, and programmers construct complex game mechanics, but none of these by themselves make a game ‘good’. All of those things will contribute to a game’s overall quality, but above all else, you’ll need to create a good gameplay loop.

    Creating an engaging gameplay loop is the most important part of developing your game, so it’s important to understand exactly what that means. The primary gameplay loop of your game will be what happens in the game every second as you play. For example, in Pac-man, on a second-to-second basis you will be avoiding ghosts and eating pills. In a game like Doom, your core loop is to run around and shoot demons. This loop is the most important to get right. Game developers spend a lot of time focusing on just this second to second experience because it’s what will comprise most of the player’s experience in the game.

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    So once you’ve got a solid core game loop, it’s time to focus on the secondary and tertiary loops. These are gameplay loops from a wider perspective. The secondary loop is generally what’s happening minute to minute, things like completing levels in Pac-man, or clearing and advancing stages in Doom. Even further out, the tertiary loop is about the overall gameplay over longer stretches of time; think hour to hour. This is things like getting a high score, beating all the stages of a game, unlocking items, or progressing on a larger scale. It’s important to have these outer loops as well to ensure that the core loop stays interesting for longer than just a few minutes. You enjoy playing for the primary loop, but you continue playing for the secondary and tertiary loops.

    To get a more solid understanding of what makes a good gameplay loop, you can usually analyze your favorite games and pinpoint their primary, secondary, and tertiary loops. My favorite game is Tetris, so the primary loop of Tetris is to move and rotate the falling blocks and try to clear lines to avoid the blocks getting to the top and getting a game over. This primary loop is very fun in its own regard, but what really makes it interesting is the secondary loop where the more lines you clear, the faster the blocks fall. This makes you want to try to survive as long as you can. What really brings it all together is the tertiary loop: achieving high scores. Tetris has been around since 1984 and still continues to engage players because you can always keep playing to trying to push your score higher. This is what makes the very simple primary loop of moving blocks and clearing lines far more engaging and brings significantly more depth to the overall game.

    So that’s game loops in a nutshell! Definitely take this information and use it to your advantage during your own game development; a strong core loop will make your game so much better. This stuff is some of the primary principles of game development and is a lot of what we practice and perfect while developing games at UAT. To learn more check out our Game Design degree!

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    AR Escape Room Makes Phoenix News


    UAT students created a virtual escape room for their Student Innovation Project, and Phoenix is buzzing about it!   Max Gorden, reporter for Arizona's Family News (3TV and CBS 5), visitied campus on...

    UAT students created a virtual escape room for their Student Innovation Project, and Phoenix is buzzing about it!

     

    Max Gorden, reporter for Arizona's Family News (3TV and CBS 5), visitied campus on Thursday, January 9, to learn more about AR Escape Room and the students behind this new style of game.

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    Gorden demoed the game and interviewed the team to find out how they created this new augemented reality experience in an escape room format. 
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    New students are joining the project as it has been greenlit for another semester of Production Studios, preparing for it's anticipated release potentially by the end of 2020. 
     
    Find out more about the AR Escape Room on our Youtube, and check out other UAT highlights.
     
     
    Last December, the team was also invited to demo their game at Tech The Halls, an annual event held by the Arizona Technology Council, where the stutents were presented with scholarships for their innovation!  
     
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    Learn more about UAT's dedication to educate students in advancing technology who innovate for our future through its elite majors and degree offerings.
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    IT’S HAMMER TIME:Using Valve’s Hammer To Create Portal 2 Maps-Part 3.1


    Hi! Happy New Years to all those who are reading! This blog was supposed to have been released last year, but I needed more time to flesh things out a bit. Too long, Didn't Read: I’m a bit late! I digress; today we will be learning about creating a new project and the engines tools. The tools section will be split between two blogs, so keep an eye out for part 2. ...

    Hi! Happy New Years to all those who are reading! This blog was supposed to have been released last year, but I needed more time to flesh things out a bit. Too long, Didn't Read: I’m a bit late! I digress; today we will be learning about creating a new project and the engines tools. The tools section will be split between two blogs, so keep an eye out for part 2.

    When you open up Hammer for the first time, you should be met by a screen that is similar to what I have.

    Hammer Editor

    Your Hammer editor should look like this when it has been initialized for the first time on your system or when you are opening it again. In either situation, Press File > New to create a new file or press File > Open… to find a file that can be used with the engine ( any file with a .vmf extension can be opened up with hammer).

    Once you do either of these things, you should be met with a layout similar to what I have.

    Hammer Editor Layout

    If you don’t, then delete the white console window that you have in your editor, then click Window > New Window enough times to where you have 3 windows with lines in them and one completely black window. Once you do, click window > Tile to set the layout up to what I have. Then, set each window to a specific viewpoint. You can do this by moving your mouse to the top left of any viewport and pressing the highlighted letters in that area. You have an option between viewing the map from the top (2D Top), from the front ( 2D Front), or the side (2D Side). Select the view you want by clicking on it.

    Hammer Hot BarTo the far left of the editor, you might notice this hot bar. This Hotbar holds the main tools that you will be using

    Select Tool

    Hammer Select Tool

    The select tool allows you to select one or many objects within any of the views for the purpose of either moving or deleting parts of your map.

    Zoom Tool

    Hammer Zoom Tool

    The Zoom tool allows you to either zoom in or zoom out at a certain space within one of the viewports.

    Camera Tool
    Hammer Camera Tool

    The Camera tool allows you to place down cameras and modify already existing cameras within the map. ( We will, unfortunately, not be covering the usage of this camera, since I have never used it during the development of my maps)

    Entity Tool

    Hammer Entity Tool

    The entity tool allows you to place down objects, characters, or any premade assets that you have selected within the map.

    Block Tool

    Hammer Block Tool

    The Block tool allows for you to create brushes within your editor

    Face Tool

    Hammer Face Tool

    The Face tool you to edit the texture of a specific face of a brush that you have created.

    Texture Tool

    Hammer Texture Tool

    The Texture tool allows you to place a selected texture onto the entirety of a selected brush. Do not confuse its functionality with the functionality of the Face tool, because, unlike the Face Tool where you can select which side gets a texture, a single texture will get applied to all faces of the brush with this tool.

    Decal Tool

    Hammer Decal Tool

    The Decal tool allows you to overlay a decal texture onto the texturing of a selected face of a brush.

    Overlay Tool

    Hammer Overlay Tool

    The Overlay tool allows you to place decals/overlays onto selected faces of a brush or onto displacements(we won’t talk about displacements in this article).

    Clipping Tool

    Hammer Clipping Tool

    The clipping tool allows you to edit the geometry of a brush by allowing you to cut away different segments of it, or to split a single brush up into multiple different brushes for whatever purpose.

    Vertex Tool

    Hammer Vertex Tool

    The Vertex tool allows for you to edit the geometry of an entire brush, by allowing you to change the edges and vertices of a brush. This brush is great for creating special kinds of shapes that can not be achieved by using just the brush or clipping tools alone.

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    On the top of the editor, you should have a hotbar that looks like what you see towards your right.

    Carve

    Hammer Carve

    Whatever brush you selected will subtract, or carve, its shape into all objects that it overlaps.

    Group

    Hammer Group

    Whatever brushes you select will connect all brushes together, making them act like a single entity.

    Ungroup

    Hammer Ungroup

    Whatever brushes you select will disconnect all connected brushes, making each brush act like its own entity.

    Toggle Group Ignore: Allows you to edit individual brushes that are a part of the group

    Hide Selected

    Hammer Hide selected

    Hides what has been selected, but also creates a VisGroup* that it places it under.

    Hide Unselected

    Hammer hide unlselected

    Hides what is not selected, but also created a Visgroup* that it places them under.

    QuickHide Objects

    Hammer Quick Hide

    Hides what has been selected without placing it in a Visgroup*

    QuickHide Unselected Objects

    Hammer Quick Hide unselected

    Hides what is not selected without placing it in a Visgroup*

    Unhide QuickHide Objects

    Hammer unhide

    Hides every visible object besides what is current selected

    Show All VisGroups

    Hammer show all Visgroups

    All Visgroups* will be made visible

    Cut

    Hammer cut

    Cuts a selected object out of the scene and saves it to your clipboard

    Copy

    Hammer Copy

    Saves what was selected to your clipboard

    Paste

    Hammer Paste

    Pastes what you currently have on the clipboard onto your scene

    Toggle Cordon State

    Hammer Toggle Cordon

    Toggles the visibility of a cordon* area

    Edit Cordon Bounds

    Hammer Edit Cordon Bounds

    Allows you to create and edit a cordon*

    Radius Culling

    Hammer Radius

    Creates a sphere around where you are in the 2D viewports/grids, limiting how much you can see to what is within the radius of the sphere.

    Toggle Select By Handles

    Hammer toggle select

    toggles on/off the ability to select objects only by the x coordinates in the 2D viewports/grids.

    Toggle Auto-select

    Hammer Toggle auto select

    When toggled on, you can drag hold down the left mouse key on the 2D viewports/grids and drag out a square that will automatically select what is within that square. When toggled off, you will need to press ENTER after dragging out the square to select what you want.

    Texture Lock

    Hammer Texture Lock

    Toggles texture lock on and off. Allows you to move a brush without messing with the texture alignment.

    Texture Scale Lock

    Hammer Texture Scale Lock

    Toggles texture scale lock on and off. Allows for you to change the size of the texture with the size of the brush.

    Align to World/Face

    Hammer Align to World

    Toggles texture between world alignment and face alignment. Toggling it to World alignment will align textures based on the grid coordinates. Toggling it to Face alignment will align textures based on the face of the brush.

    Displacement Mask

    Hammer displacement Mask

    Turns off the display sides of a brush that have displacement* surfaces.

    Disable/Enable Displacements

    Hammer enable/disable placements

    Disables or Enables displacements*.

    Display Walkable

    Hammer Display Walkable

    : Highlights what is too steep for the player to walk on.

    Displacement Edge Collapse

    Hammer displacement edge collapse

    Toggle off the display of a brush that contains displacement* surfaces and/or vertices that have been collapsed using the Sew command.

    Run Map

    Hammer Run Map

    Compiled map and runs it within the game it is supposed to run in.

    Show Helper

    Hammer Show Helper

    Shows the radius of objects in the scene

    Toggle models in 2D

    Hammer Toggle 2d

    Toggles the object wireframe in the 2D viewports/grids on or off.

    Toggle model fade preview

    Hammer Toggle mode fade

    Allows you to test the models Start Fade Distance and End Fade Distance.

    Show collisions models wireframe

    Hammer show collisions wireframe

    Collision models will show up in 2D viewports/grids

    Show detail models/sprites on materials

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    :Disable or Enable func_details* and sprites on materials.

    Show no draw faces

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    Disable or Enable Nodraw* brushes.

    Icon images and Map Operations picture provided by the Valve Developer Community Wiki.

     

    Definitions

    *Visgroup: Abbreviation of the term visibility groups. Objects can be assigned to specific visgroups, and those visgroups can then have their visibility toggled.

    *Cordon: A barrier in the map that limits how much of the map is to be compiled

    *Displacements: Brush surfaces that have been sculpted into specific shapes. For example, hills, valeyes, trenches, slopes.

    *Func_detail: An Internal brush entity

    *Nodraw: a texture that causes a brush’s face to not render in game.

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    Visit www.uat.edu for more information on our Game Suite of Degrees in Game Art & AnimationGame Design and Game Programming.

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    It Doesn’t Matter if You Don’t Like Barbie’s Pink Spacesuit


    by: Valerie Cimarossa, UAT Vice President of Marketing & Technology   Last summer Mattel released a new line of scientist Barbies co-designed with National Geographic and ecologist Nalini Nadkarni. The line includes Barbies featuring scientific careers such as a marine biologist, astrophysicist,...

    by: Valerie Cimarossa, UAT Vice President of Marketing & Technology

     

    Last summer Mattel released a new line of scientist Barbies co-designed with National Geographic and ecologist Nalini Nadkarni. The line includes Barbies featuring scientific careers such as a marine biologist, astrophysicist, photojournalist, conservationist and entomologist. This isn’t Barbie’s first STEM career. In past years Barbie has worked as a computer engineer, a Mars explorer, an architect, a game developer and most recently a robotics engineer. But what impact on our young people, with career aspirations as big as their imaginations, does this really have?

     

    Barbie1Opinions are mixed. Mattel, with good reason, has long been disparaged for the hyper-sexualized doll with distorted, unobtainable proportions. But this has not diminished Barbie’s presence in the lives of young people. A few years ago, Mattel made its first attempt at making Barbie easier to identify with by releasing dolls with a variety of more realistic body shapes, but in most instances she was still just a trendy lady in a miniskirt. With the release of STEM career Barbies, Mattel is making strides towards presenting Barbie as a role model that teaches young people that you can be more than a housewife with a pink convertible. However, residual feelings from the days of Barbie’s 16-inch waist, leave Mattel open to criticism of every component of the STEM Barbies designs.

     

    Honestly, they deserve some of it. Scientist Barbie sports an above-the-knee lab coat over her mini dress. That seems…less than safe. I typed this on a pink laptop so I won’t rag on them for Computer Engineer Barbie’s accessory, but Mars Explorer Barbie’s pink space suit? Unlikely and unnecessary, though understandably an essential element of Barbie’s signature look. (Still, doubtful that one of our female rocket scientists would be sporting that.) I’m most bothered that Computer Engineer, Robotics Engineer and Game Developer Barbies, the stereotypically “nerdy” STEM careers, are wearing glasses and are dressed in boxier casual clothing. Entrepreneur and Film Director Barbies have no glasses and are dressed in much more svelte, fashionable clothing. Perpetuating the stereotype of tech “nerds” being less physically attractive and caring less how they appear professionally is a big miss.

     

    But none of that matters. What matters is that 15 years ago, when Nalini Nadkarni first made the suggestion, Mattel wasn’t interested in a scientist Barbie line. What matters is now they are, and they seem to be keeping up with STEM careers as they evolve. The STEM Barbies are a far cry  from the tragedy that was the 2010 book Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer (seriously, if slamming your head against a wall sounds fun, check out Buzzfeed’s page-by-page breakdown of the book instead; the effects will feel the same).

     

    Once you’ve recovered from that, and the fact that it was released a mere ten years ago, a space suit with metallic pink bands seems much less of an offense, no? Regardless of how you feel about Barbie, her life choices and her accessories, it is undeniably crucial that such a prominent figure in the lives of young people is exposing them to ideas of different STEM careers in their formative years. While Barbie may seem trite, she’s here, Mattel is doing it, and we need all the help we can get. Cyber security Barbie next?

     

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    No TikTok for Military Personnel


      The US Army has now deemed that using the Chinese owned app TikTok, which the US Army was using it to recruit and promote their own branch of service, is a potential security risk that needs to be...

     

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    The US Army has now deemed that using the Chinese owned app TikTok, which the US Army was using it to recruit and promote their own branch of service, is a potential security risk that needs to be banned.  

    Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa told Military.com, "It is considered a cyber threat… We do not allow it on government phones."

    It's a no-brainer that China has raised a lot of security concerns since they don't have to abide by U.S. laws on data privacy and collection and consumers who request their data. So having a Chinese company collecting vast quantities of video footage and location data and IP addresses and other information from military personnel? Probably not the best for keeping things under-wraps from foreign espionage.

    That being said, this is not the first app to be banned. In 2016, the U.S. military banned Pokemon GO due to it being too distracting. Banning TikTok as well is quite a reasonable response.

    This is not, however, the first time TikTok has raised security concerns. U.S. senators wrote a letter to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence requesting a review of the app. In the letter, they stated "Security experts have voiced concerns that China’s vague patchwork of intelligence, national security, and cybersecurity laws compel Chinese companies to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party."

    As well, it's not just the Army who has it banned, but In December 2019 the U.S. Navy also prohibited its personnel from using TikTok on government-issued phones. Violating the restriction threatened the users to face a block from the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.

    I feel bad for those service members who wasted time dancing in front of their phones 15 times to try and get it right.  So don't go dancing in front of the boots recruiters.

    UAT has been designated a military friendly school and offers degrees in Network Security, Cyber Security, Technology Forensics and Network Engineering.

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    6 Months later, My Experience as a Student Ambassador


      It's been 5 months and 16 days since I started as a Student Ambassador. And to be perfectly honest it has not felt that long. I started back in...

     

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    It's been 5 months and 16 days since I started as a Student Ambassador. And to be perfectly honest it has not felt that long. I started back in June and since then it's been quite an enjoyable time. First I was nervous as anyone would be when they start a new job. I started at the same time with Bailey, another Student Ambassador. This job is probably one of the most fun and fulfilling jobs I ever had a pleasure to be apart of. That's not even a lie or paid advertisement...I mean kind of but it's the truth.

    The other Student Ambassadors took a while to get to know as well as getting to know each personality. As well as my bosses. Then came all on the daily tasks I have to do which was a challenge as everything seemed complex yet after a week it became so easy that all my tasks are done within the hour. Such as Data entries to managing student's accounts in marketing as well using student information systems. Sorting mail and doing tours and making sure everything is nice and dandy at the desk at close and open. 

    About a month in I have become used to my tasks and learning everyone's name and positions. I was still enjoying what I was doing as I just enjoyed talking to people and just hanging out with everyone. Next thing you know it's October, we had a costume event throughout campus and I thought to dress up as my boss Stefani. Yes, I wore a dress and no wonder people wear kilts. Felt so free but enough with that. It became clear that everyone enjoyed the costume as a lot of people took pictures and laughed and I enjoyed it.

    Now to the present day, I'm on good terms with a lot of people throughout campus. I joke with people in the Portal (Main department with all advisors) to the Office of the President (Upper Management) to Founder's Hall (The dorms) and generally everyone. Being a Student Ambassador in my opinion is the best way just to know everyone and know every aspect of of the student body and the staff here. I hope to stay in my position till I graduate to make sure I do make a mark with UAT

     

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    A bit of Advice


    If life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Life can be crazy and can throw you some curve balls and as a college student, this can be especially true. Compiled here is a list of advice from our very own UAT students. Age is but a number so never grow old. As you enter college you are expected to take on adult...

    If life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Life can be crazy and can throw you some curve balls and as a college student, this can be especially true. Compiled here is a list of advice from our very own UAT students.

    Age is but a number so never grow old. As you enter college you are expected to take on adult responsibilities. Sometimes that includes making a decision that is responsible and fun. However, that doesn’t mean that nothing can be fun. Continue to play and have fun.

    Being an adult is knowing that nobody can stop you from buying fruit snacks. This goes for anything. You are now able to make the decisions you want. But remember, you may need other food than fruit snacks.

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    Nothing will fall in your lap. Even the lowest hanging fruit needs to be cut to harvest. Work hard for what you want. Outside of college, some fields are very competitive, and you are going to have to make yourself stand out. Take the time in college to set yourself up for that. Take the projects and Student innovations project that you do and really make them into something spectacular.

    You cannot control other people; you can only control your reaction to them. There are many people out there and with that, you are not going to agree with everyone or their actions. Take it as it is and walk away from the situation.

    Sometimes doing something wrong is better than doing nothing at all. This is not applicable everywhere, obviously, but making an effort can make a difference in many places. As a student, you may not understand the assignment but trying anyways can show the effort made. Something is better than nothing, and having tried could get you the chance to redo the assignment after grading comments have come in.

    123-let-s-go-imaginary-text-704767Fake it until you make it. Trust me, none of us really know what we are doing. Some of the most confident looking people are just as nervous and lost as you. Take a breathe and do it.

    Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. There is always going to be gossip so take it with a grain of salt. There are two sides to every story.

     

     

     

     

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    My Favorite UAT Class: Game-A-Week


    Last semester, I had the opportunity to take a brand new special topics class here at UAT. The class was, as the title suggests, about designing and building a new game every...

    Last semester, I had the opportunity to take a brand new special topics class here at UAT. The class was, as the title suggests, about designing and building a new game every single week. It was an amazing experience, and I wanted to talk a little bit about the class and my experience in this rapid prototyping class as well as the lessons I learned.

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    Game-a-week Rapid Prototyping was a class created by Game Programming and Game Design professor Matthew Henry. The concept for the class was that students could practice prototyping games by building small playable games with a core gameplay loop based around a new theme every week. The games didn’t need to be polished or completed, they were prototypes that demonstrated a concept, showed gameplay, or displayed the theme in some way. One of the biggest benefits from this, aside from the experience gained along the way, is the amount of portfolio ready games or possible prototypes for future games you create in the class. With something new every week, you have a lot of opportunities to expand your portfolio as a game developer.

    So coming into the class initially, I was excited and ready to get to work on a new game every week. Upon hearing our first theme, I got to work on my magnum opus! Of course, I was extremely over ambitious and without thinking, accidentally designed a game with a scope far out of reach for a single week. I worked on the game as much as I could, but ended with a demo that barely demonstrated the concept I was trying to show, and that right there is lesson 1: Keeping your scope small. In game development, scope creep is a very real danger. When you design your game, you should have an idea of the core gameplay and try to focus on making that as good as possible before expanding the idea into something larger. You will most likely take longer than you think just to make your core idea giving you no time to waste on other distractions. A small, polished, focused game is better than a large, confusing, scatterbrained mess.

    As the weeks went on, I got better at planning out my games to fit the time requirement, and because of that I managed to make some more interesting games. Here are a few of my favorites that I made:

    Dogs v Cats: Brawl, an animal themed beat-em-up

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    ReverSmash, a fighting game with a time reversal mechanic

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    Alchemical Warfare, an alchemy battle game

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    Busy Bee, a bee hive management game

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    zDungeon, a random generation Zelda style dungeon crawler

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    So there you go, some of my highlights from the Game-A-Week: Rapid Prototyping class. If you’re a game developer, I highly recommend you get some practice in rapid prototyping. An awesome way to practice is by participating in game jams, so check out my other blog about game jams if you’re interested in trying it out

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    Move In Time!


        It's that time of the year where another semester starts. With the new year, it's a good thing to start at UAT with a fresh start to show a "You"...

     

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    It's that time of the year where another semester starts. With the new year, it's a good thing to start at UAT with a fresh start to show a "You" that wants to be presented. In this blog, I'm here to give some tips and advice with the Move-In process and just overall being new to the community.

    First things first when on your way to UAT go through the parking entrance with the electric billboard sign and pull in there. After finding a parking spot, go to the center of campus and go to Founder's Hall which there will be signs to help guide you.

    After checking in and having a Residential Assistant help you'll meet your new roommate and in some cases suite-mates as well. Meeting your roommate is the most exciting part of the Move-In. Your first friend you meet and potentially stick with the entire week.

    Suite-mates share the bathroom with you and your roommate. It's important to introduce yourself and get familiar with them as that bathroom is a common ground between both duos. After unpacking and on your own. Some may say farewells to family and friends. It's time to know the campus.

    If you and your roommate are on good terms I suggest exploring the campus. In the dorms, there are 3 floors. Not including the pool on the roof. Each floor has two quiet rooms some have board-games. There is the fitness room on the 3rd floor as well the laundry room and the kitchen. The mailboxes are on the second floor. With the movie theatre, game room, and pool tables.

    At the main campus, everything will be explained at orientation. You will be with everyone else who is starting their 1st semester at UAT. The community at UAT is very tight-knit and friendly. Having just anything in common is a good starting point to build connections.

    Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Know that everyone has personal space. Know your audience and just enjoy your 1st semester.

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    Mark Tank: UAT Future Entrepreneurs Compete in a Sink-Or-Swim Competition


    Dr. Mark Smith, Professor and Program Champion of Business Technology, has been throwing UAT students to the sharks for 4 years through his “Mark Tank” program. Held at the end of each semester and upon completion of the Business 200 course, students are mostly competing for entrepreneurial bragging...

    Dr. Mark Smith, Professor and Program Champion of Business Technology, has been throwing UAT students to the sharks for 4 years through his “Mark Tank” program. Held at the end of each semester and upon completion of the Business 200 course, students are mostly competing for entrepreneurial bragging rights, but those presenting also get exposure to area professionals who judge the competition—and the people that choose who swims away a winner.

     

     

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    The audience and judges listen to the student presentations during Mark Tank. 

     

    We talked to Dr. Smith about the competition and the winners from December.

     

    Dr. Smith, please describe the purpose of your program and its goal.

     

    Dr. Smith: "Mark Tank" is a UAT's version of Shark Tank where students pitch their hypothetical business ideas to a panel of real-world entrepreneurs, business owners and potential investors. The goal is for the students is to see who can give the best pitch, be the most prepared and sway the panel to want to invest in them.

     

    How did the unique award statue come about?

     

    Dr. Smith: The award was originally a shark trophy, but when the event gained the name “Mark Tank,” a student had the idea of using me as the model of the trophy to be a more muscular version of the “Oscars” statue. So, we did the 3D scan and 3D printed them to create the busts that we have now. They have gotten larger over the semesters and look better as we get better with the printing.

     

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    Mark Tank Award statues for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 

     

    Do you take it easy on them, or would you say you and the judges strong arm them, like they may experience in real life?

     

    Dr. Smith: They definitely strong arm them, but give insight and guidance after the criticism.

     

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    Dr. Smith questions a presenter while judge Ephrem Jando (Associate Broker at Platinum Living Realty and a Real Estate Investor), UAT Professor Natasha Vita-More, and judge Jacy Smith (UAT Business Development Specialist) listen to the answer.

     

    How did you feel about the fall presentations?

     

    Dr. Smith: I was very happy with the presentations and the preparedness of the students. These students were from three different BUS200 classes, which is the course this event is tied to. They held their own, answered tough questions and took the criticisms well under pressure.

     

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    Jake Fusco presents his idea, Ampytheatre, to the audience and judges. 

     

    Four projects were entered, but only one was deemed the winner. The following are the results of the fall competition.

     

    Gold Mark Tank Award Winner

    Project: Ace of Spades (entertainment and bar), presented by Christopher Hernke 

    The project pitch is for a poker-themed bar and restaurant. The main selling point was a POS system built off of hard plastic playing cards that would track the tabs of the customers. The establishment could set limits to prevent overindulgence from patrons, who could order from and pay from POS kiosk systems with these individually linked cards. 

     

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    L to R: Dr. Smith, Christopher Hernke, and Valeria Cimarossa, Christopher's Business 200 Instructor. 

     

    Silver Mark Tank Award Winner

    Project: Demeter’s Watch, presented by Marissa Williams

    The project is an idea for a home gardening sensor that would be attached to an application that would track an owner’s plants and notify them when they needed water, soil, sunlight, etc.

     

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    L to R: Dr. Smith, Marissa Williams, and Dapzury Valenzuela, Marissa's Business 200 Instructor. 

     

    Bronze Mark Tank Award Winner

    Project: Eyes Breaker, presented by Marc Benson

    This project is a social interaction application that would allow introverted individuals to find other people close in proximity (that are also introverts) to converse with. The app would prompt users with shared interests between and give suggestions of how to "break the ice" and start a conversation. 

     

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    L to R: Dr. Smith, Marc Benson, and Natasha Vita-More, Marc's Business 200 Professor. 

     

    Congrats, and a job well done to all students who participated!

     

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    The judges and winners, l to r: judge Jacy Smith, Christopher Hernke, Marissa Williams, Marc Benson, judge Brittany Cunningham (head of learning development for Learn with IntraEdge), judge Ephrem Jando, Dr. Smith, and judge Robert Walker (UAT Assistant Director of Admissions). 

     

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    Day 1 at UAT


    The start of a new semester is just around the corner. Move-in day and orientation are a big part of the ...

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    The start of a new semester is just around the corner. Move-in day and orientation are a big part of the UAT experience, for both incoming and continuing students. With the commotion of move-in day, it is a great chance for new and continuing students to mingle and get to know each other. But what do you need to bring? What is it going to be like as a new college student? Where is everything? Orientation is a chance for all the incoming students to meet each other as they are guided around the school for different events during the day.

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    Day of Move-ins. New start jitters and excitement is all around as you will begin to check into the dorms and find your new room. There are several steps throughout the day that you will need to accomplish first though. If you hadn’t already, you will have to check in with financial aid to make sure everything is all squared away. You are then on to check into your dorm room. Before moving all your belongs in, it is recommended to review the room for anything out of the ordinary.

    40581715001_3bce255233_cWhat do you need to bring to college? The rooms here at UAT are equipped with beds, dressers, desks and a closet for each student. There is also a mini-fridge and microwave located in each room, but there is also a fully set up kitchen available to all residents. Be prepared to bring bedding and pillows. It is also recommended by many students to have a mattress topper. As the rooms are shared, you’ll want to have an origination system for clothes, like a laundry basket and hangers, as well as for storage and desktop use. While there are quite a few computers for student use in the commons, it is suggested that students bring their own. Cooking supplies such as crockpot, rice cookers, and coffee pots are allowed in the rooms. The bathrooms are shared so before buying bathroom necessities talk with your roommates to see if they want to share the costs.

    Attend the first week's events. To kick off the new semester, the resident assistants will host several events to bring students together. These are events are a great opportunity to meet other new students, previous students, as well as the staff and faculty at the school.

    Orientation

    Orientation is for all incoming students, both residents and off-campus. In predetermined groups, UAT EXL leaders (student mentors) lead everyone through the school to show them around. The day consists of sessions on how to get log into classes, future registration, tours of the labs here on campus. At the end of the day, students are given a challenge, The Provost Challenge, to create something with their group around a given theme. They then have two weeks to complete a project and present. Through the first semester, the EXL leaders will be there to help guide students with any questions they may have.

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    2020 Astronomy Events You Can See at UAT


    While Phoenix is not exactly known for its night skies, Arizona is. On a new moon night, the desert lights up with the cosmos around us. There are quite a few cool astronomical events that will occur next year that you will be able to see within town and on the UAT campus. Super moons There...

    While Phoenix is not exactly known for its night skies, Arizona is. On a new moon night, the desert lights up with the cosmos around us. There are quite a few cool astronomical events that will occur next year that you will be able to see within town and on the UAT campus.

    Super moons

    There are going to be three super moons next year; February 9th, March 9th, and May 7th. What is a super moon? The moon orbits in an oval shape around Earth; closest approach (perigee) at about 225,600 miles away, and farthest (apogee) at about 252,000 miles away. That’s a difference of 25,000 miles! A super moon is when the moon is at its closest approach around Earth and it is a full moon. How does that effect how big the moon in the sky? Between the perigee and apogee, the size can change up to 14%. However, day to day we only see a fraction of a size difference. Let’s scale it down a bit; a football field. Visualize that you are standing on a goal line and someone else is on the other goal line, 100 yards away from you. That mimics the distance between the Earth and Moon at apogee. If the other person walks up to the 89 yard line (11 yards), that’s roughly where the Moon at perigee would be. If you were to close your eyes while that person was walking, they would appear just slightly bigger, it wouldn’t be by much though. BUT, the moon doesn’t move like that, so neither does the person. It takes them two weeks to walk that 11 yards. Day to day they are not going to appear to be that much bigger.

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    Lunar Eclipse

    Visible from Phoenix, there are two lunar eclipses: July 5th and November 30th. There are two kinds of lunar eclipses: total (umbra) and partial (penumbra). Both that are visible from Phoenix are partial penumbra. Let’s explain a lunar eclipse though. A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth travels between the sun and the moon and casts a shadow over the moon. In the diagram below you can see the cone of the shadows.

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    Looking at the images below, a total lunar eclipse would occur in the center, light grey, ring. A total penumbral eclipse would occur completely within the outer, dark grey ring. Viewing the images below, in 2020 we will be able to see two partial penumbral lunar eclipses.

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    Meteor Showers

    There are quite a few meteor showers each and every year but there are a few big ones that will occur next year. Lyrids meteor shower April 21-22th and the Geminids meteor shower December 13-14th. These particular meteor showers will be occurring while the moon is close to a new moon phase. Meaning the sky is going to be quite a bit darker than a full moon night. Right within Phoenix or even the UAT campus you wont be able to see that many shooting stars. However, with a short hike up South Mountain, the night sky significantly improves. A majority of the shooting stars will come from certain areas of the sky. Watch for the Lyrids by looking for the Lyra constellation. Lyra is found by looking for one of the brightest stars in the sky, Vega. The Geminids meteor shower will best be found near Gemini. Gemini can be found by locating Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars in Gemini. It is also near Orion, so if you can find his belt that will be pretty close.

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    Jupiter and Saturn

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    Identifiable with the giant red storm cloud and stellar rings, Jupiter and Saturn are our solar systems two largest planets. Visible to the naked eye, these two planets can be found with relative ease. And wit a basic pair of binoculars you may even be able to see Saturn’s rings, or Jupiter’s moons. But on December 21, these two planets will be meeting in the night sky. They will be 0°06' apart, in simpler terms that is .1° apart. Looking at the image below that is less than one (average) pinky width, at arm’s length, apart.

     

    Bonus: Solar Eclipse

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    In the U.S. we will have to wait until 2024 to see another eclipse, but there are two occurring around the world in 2020. The first will be an annular solar eclipse on June 21st, visible across Central Africa and Southern Asia. And a total eclipse on December 14th, in South America, through Chili and Argentina. The moon will be between the sun and Earth during this time.

    So, what is the difference? An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is at apogee (farthest away from earth). When the moon is at apogee, the apparent diameter is smaller than the sun’s. At this distance it is ultimately unable to cover the sun completely. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon is at perigee (closest to earth). The moon will be able to completely cover the surface of the sun, allowing us to see the sun’s corona. WARNING: The only time it is safe to look at the sun is during the brief moments of totality during a total solar eclipse. Proper sun viewing glasses and telescopes are required to look at the sun at any other time. Welding masks DO NOT properly protect your eyes.

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    UAT offers a Space Exploration course as a Special Topic in Technology class. The overall goal of the class is for everyone to work together to go beyond their limits to create a functioning weather balloon payload.  You can read about their latest expedition here.

     

     

    References: 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2020_lunar_eclipse

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_2020_lunar_eclipse

    https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20201221_19_100

    https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2018/1/18/how-to-watch-a-total-lunar-eclipse-and-get-students-observing-the-moon/

    https://www.space.com/27033-vega-star-harp-constellation-lyra.html

    https://stellarium.org/

    https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/measuring-the-sky-by-hand.html

    https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/annular-solar-eclipse.html

    https://nationaleclipse.com/maps/map_12142020.html

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/solar-eclipse-hurricane-seen-together-nasa-satellite-video-2019-7

    https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/annular-eclipse

    https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/multimedia/imagegallery/2017_total_solar_eclipse/AFRC2017-0233-006.html

     

     

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    Awesome Free Software for Game Developers


    Game development can be expensive. Expensive software, licensing fees, publishing costs, etc. will eat up your money. So, to save as much money as you can, here’s some great free software that can be useful to game developers! Game Engines ...

    Game development can be expensive. Expensive software, licensing fees, publishing costs, etc. will eat up your money. So, to save as much money as you can, here’s some great free software that can be useful to game developers!

    Game Engines

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    There are plenty of free game engines out there, but I think the best three for most developers will be Unity, Unreal Engine, and GameMaker Studio 2. Each of these engines has their own advantages and disadvantages, but they are all very powerful, free engines. A few others that may interest people are LÖVE2D, Construct, Godot, and Lumberyard.

     

    3D Art Programs

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    Doing 3D art for free can be a challenge as it may seem like all of the software required will empty your bank, but there are free programs out there! Blender is the most known one and is a very powerful 3D modelling and animation program. Sculptris is another software useful for sculpting models as if they were clay.

     

    2D Art Programs

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    2D digital art is a bit easier to do for free and there are plenty of programs out there. Heck, you could even use Microsoft Paint, although I wouldn’t recommend it. What I would recommend is Paint.net, Piskel, or Gimp. Piskel is an online pixel art editor great for creating pixel art and animations. Paint.net is actually not a website as you might think, but a free art program good for photo editing, or creating assets. Gimp is another option for 2D asset creation which is known for being a very powerful free art program.

     

    Sound Effect Design

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    Sound effects are often overlooked in games, but they can be essential to making your game feel great. A great tool for many games to create original sound effects is Bfxr. It’s a free program originally made for game jams that allows you to create original sound effects easily. The other option for SFX design is to record and edit your sounds in Audacity. Audacity is a free audio editing program which is excellent for recording sounds and editing them to fit your needs. It’s one of the most versatile audio programs around and it’s completely free!

     

    Music Composition

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    One of the most difficult things to do without paying for software is music. In many cases, your best option will be to use Audacity to record and edit your music acoustically. If, however, you want to digitally create your music your options are limited. Milkytracker and Famitracker are excellent software for creating chiptunes (8-bit music), but are limited to only creating chiptunes. The FL Studio Demo will allow you to create many sounds and patterns, or even an entire song, but since it is only the demo, you cannot reload projects once you close the program. Overall, I would recommend sticking to Audacity for acoustic music, or a tracker software for chiptunes.

     

    So as you can see, games do not always have to be expensive to produce. You could make everything you need in a full game for free with the right tools and the right mindset!

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    Tech Goes Wild - Phoenix Zoo Animals Visit UAT


        Meet Drew Foster, Animal Curator at the Phoenix Zoo and Adjunct Associate Professor at UAT. It’s well-known that UAT tech classes are hands on, but many don’t know that our expert adjuncts also bring other real-world experiences to their classrooms, and Drew has done that in an exciting way through his Animal...

     

     

    Meet Drew Foster, Animal Curator at the Phoenix Zoo and Adjunct Associate Professor at UAT. It’s well-known that UAT tech classes are hands on, but many don’t know that our expert adjuncts also bring other real-world experiences to their classrooms, and Drew has done that in an exciting way through his Animal Diversity class.

     

    Read how bringing zoo animals into the classroom has made for greater learning for UAT students, and see what’s ahead for Drew’s spring courses.

     

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    Drew Foster, Animal Curator at the Phoenix Zoo.

    I currently teach two science classes at University of Advancing Technology, Animal Diversity and Conservation & Zoos.My goal in Animal Diversity is to inspire students to appreciate the diversity of the animal kingdom and also inspire a passion for animals. The best way to foster appreciation for animals is through hands-on, in-class live animal demonstrations. Students get up close to some of the Phoenix Zoo’s ambassador animals!
    I also teach Conservation & Zoos to expose students to conservation-related issues and the various threats facing wildlife, like habitat loss and wildlife trafficking. Students also learn about zoo conservation initiatives and how a number of zoos, like Phoenix Zoo, are working to combat extinction and protect wildlife. In-class animal demonstrations supplement the lectures and foster greater understanding and appreciation of wildlife!
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    During the fall semester, Drew's students were treated to visits from reptiles, birds and mammals, and spent their last class session at the Phoenix Zoo where they fed flamingos, visited tortoises and rays, and toured the zoo grounds.

     

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    Josh Crabtree (Ambassador Animal Resources Manager from Phoenix Zoo) with Pippen, the kinkajou he brought to Drew's class. 

     

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    Students at UAT watching Delilah, a nine-banded armadillo, move around the class room.

     

    UAT's unique approach to modern education includes working on or with elements other than technology. This concept teaches innovative thinking strategies that can enable the ability to better solve complex problems. UAT students can directly apply these methods to their designs and development of technology. 

     

    Similar to how taking short mental breaks throughout the workday can help boost overall productivity, incorporating non-tech elements like animals in the classroom can also fulfill interests and passions, encourage community awareness and support, and create opportunities for empathy and learning from other perspectives. 

     

    To learn more about UAT's innovative degrees and classroom instruction style, request information and get your future started now!

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    Fire the Cannons!


        With recent events occurring in China, the Hong Kong protests and the increasing rise of violence from the government it's only natural for protesters to organize on forums and other sites. Well, unfortunately, these forums are...

     

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    With recent events occurring in China, the Hong Kong protests and the increasing rise of violence from the government it's only natural for protesters to organize on forums and other sites. Well, unfortunately, these forums are targets for the government, particularly the online forum LIHKG which is often referred to as the Hong Kong version of Reddit. The Great Cannon is an infamous DDOS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) tool that was deployed onto LIHKG.

    Now with the Great Cannon back online it has a record. The Great Cannon rose to its infamous status when it was used on GitHub due to users sharing tools to bypass China's censorship, then on a Chinese website based in New York. But how does it work? 

    A 2015 report from Citizen Lab suggests that the Great Cannon and The Great Firewall both share code and are also located within the same servers. The way it would function is by intercepting traffic meant for websites hosted inside China and injecting JavaScript code in the responses users received in their browsers. This malicious JavaScript code executed in users' browsers and secretly accessed a victim's site generating gigantic traffic spikes for the victim and its web server.

    "According to LIHKG, the site received more than 1.5 billion requests per hour during the August attack, compared to the site's previous traffic record that was only a meager 6.5 million requests per hour." (ZDnet)

    With this mean tool unleashed, China is wise to use it rarely as they could get a lot of bad press (who knew). Just more ways for China to censor its people.

    Courtesy of (Catalin Cimpanu)

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    New Decade. New Meme.


    It's the end of this decade coming up! We all had our ups and downs. But one thing that kept us all afloat from not starting another civil war or world war was memes! To start us off is the 2010 meme star. Yo Dawg meme stands atop with it's catchy line and memorable face. If you disagree take it...

    It's the end of this decade coming up! We all had our ups and downs. But one thing that kept us all afloat from not starting another civil war or world war was memes!

    To start us off is the 2010 meme star.

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    Yo Dawg meme stands atop with it's catchy line and memorable face. If you disagree take it up with the council.

    Next up is 2011!

     

    2011

    The man who blamed Aliens more than the world on religion. To be quite honest I remember as a kid watching this show, I don't know why I liked it.

    For 2012 star.

     

    2012

    The Doge meme of course, it is a sad memory to know Shiba Inu died in 2017. Yet she lives on with the millions of memes created due to her iconic pose.

    2013. 2013. 2013.

     

    2013-1

    Ah Gordon Ramsay he makes a lot of lists at some point for his thick accent, vulgar language, and his wholesomeness to kids.

    It is time for 2014.

     

    2014

    Kermit a lovely meme. Being the star he is, being able to stay a meme for years now.

    2015. Why oh why...

     

    2015

    Is it White and Gold or Black and Blue? This dress caused so much turmoil to the point that I found this so unimportant I gave up to follow up with it.

    2016 oh the dark age.

     

    2016

    The famous Harambe who was put down so prematurely. A war crime. The internet continues to honor him and praises the gorilla for making a sacrifice due to bad parenting.

    2017. Food is so Good!

     

    2017

    Salt Bae took everyone by surprise. Either by his looks, finesse, or just how he cooks his food with style we can agree it's a nice meme.

    2018. Where did it go?

     

    2018

    I swear for some odd reason it felt like 2018 was centuries ago. It went by so quick at least for me as I vaguely remember.

    2019. The Golden Age of Memes.

     

    2019

    I have been touched by Keanu Reeves to my very soul. How wholesome and awesome this man is. I read up on his backstory and what made him the man today. I'm glad the internet community has just praised him as our Messiah of the Internet.

    To start 2020!

     

    2020

    Of course Baby Yoda. December's Meme which will most likely lead into January the new year. May this new decade be better than the last.

    Remember the Fallen.

     

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    College Cooking!


    College is an exciting time, and for many, the first time being out of a parent’s house. While the UAT Café is a great option for food, I found myself missing key meal times. The UAT dorms at ...

    College is an exciting time, and for many, the first time being out of a parent’s house. While the UAT Café is a great option for food, I found myself missing key meal times. The UAT dorms at Founder’s Hall, has an alternative to the UAT café. Its very own kitchen. Cooking can be a bit terrifying if you don’t know what you are doing, and as a ‘on a budget’ college student, what can you even make? Below I've listed some of my fellow students favorite recipes along with some estimated costs of the ingredients (and usually there are leftovers which is another meal to stretch your budget)  I recommend seeing what's on sale when planning what you are going to cook. 

     

    Alfredofettucini-alfredo

    What do you need: ½ cup cream, ½ cup milk, 1 tsp minced garlic,1 tbl butter, ½ cup grated parmesan, grated romano cheese, pasta, meat of choice (optional).

    Start by putting your water to boil; once boiling, add pasta (as much as you want to eat). Any kind of pasta will work. Put your butter in a sauce pan along with your garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes on a medium heat. Add milk and cream. Continue to simmer for about 5 minutes. Add your parmesan and stir until relatively melted. Add romano cheese at your discretion. I personally don’t use romano cheese as it can be expensive and harder to find.

    I like to cook sausage with my Alfredo but you can cook chicken or beef. So plan accordingly to begin cooking that so it can all come out at the same time. This meal can cost between $15-20 depending on what you choose to omit and if you can find sales. And most of these supplies you will have left over so you can make a second batch of Alfredo.

     

    Street Tacos

    What will you need: Meat of choice, tortillas (corn or flour), taco seasoning, olive oil (canola oil works too) or butter.

    Topping suggestions: onion, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, olives

    Cook meat of choice, season as you go to taste. While the meat is cooking, begin prepping your choice of toppings. Once the meat is cooked remove from heat. Get a large pan and put either a little oil or butter in the pan and place a tortilla inside. Flip when golden. Remove from pan and make your taco.

    For one person I only use one chicken breast, corn tortillas, onion, cilantro, and salsa verde. The toppings are optional and can be mixed and matched to your taste. Tacos can be a great meal to plan with friends as well! Split the costs and have fun cooking. This meal can cost anywhere from $10-25 depending on what toppings you want. Most of these ingredients you will have extras for more tacos or other meals.

     

    chicken-quesadillas-with-avocado-cream-2668_lQuesadilla

    What will you need: Tortillas, cheese (the kind you like best), meat, olive oil (canola oil) or butter, veggies (optional)

    You can cook a meat of your choice to put in the Quesadilla. Once cooked set aside. Butter a pan, place tortilla, put in cheese and meat. Fold tortilla and flip when golden brown. Cook other side and remove from pan.

    I love to make my quesadillas with chicken, onion, and bell peppers. If I am really wanting to splurge, I’ll have guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. Quesadillas are a great, easy food to experiment with. This meal can cost anywhere from $7-15 with toppings if you want more than just cheese. And you will almost always have left over cheese and tortillas for later meals.


    Chili

    Chili is a great meal that you can make a lot for pretty cheap, then have leftovers for your next few meals.

    What do you need: 1 lb Ground beef, 1-3 cans beans*, onion (to taste), bell peppers (to taste), 2 canned tomatoes**, and chili powder.

    Begin by browning the ground beef. Add in your canned tomatoes and beans. Mix in the chili powder (I like to use taco seasoning as well), onions and bell peppers. Let simmer until the onions softened. Serve.

    I like to serve with some sour cream on top along with tortilla chips and cheese. Note: If you don’t like onions but still want the flavor, you can cut the onions into large pieces and pull them out when finished.

    *I use chili, kidney, and pinto beans but use whatever kind you like best. ** If you don’t like tomatoes get the crushed tomatoes. Petite has more tomato chunks.

    Chili cost can really depend on what you like in it but this recipe it can cost about $10-15 dollars, but you will have leftovers!


    EnchiladasBeef-and-Bean-Enchiladas-recipe-Taste-and-Tell-2-374x374

    Enchiladas are a favorite among students here at UAT. They are another good food to make with leftover possibilities.

    What will you need: 1lb ground beef, green pepper, onion, minced garlic, 1.5 tbs taco seasoning, 2 cups cheese, 1 can refried beans, 12 oz enchilada sauce, tortillas, sour cream.

    Begin by browning the beef. Add garlic and taco seasoning to the meat. Cook for about 5 minutes and add your veggies. Cook for another 3 or so minutes then turn off the heat and set to the side. In a sauce pan heat up the refried beans so that they can spread easily. In a 9x13 baking dish spread some enchilada sauce over the bottom. Take your tortillas and begin putting a layer of meat in them. Sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and spread the refried beans inside to hold together the enchilada. Put enchiladas in the pan and cover in enchilada sauce and top with cheese. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Cool a bit and serve.

    This recipe can cost about $20, but it is always a great meal to share, so gather some friends, split the costs, and enjoy a night of cooking!


    Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-SquareOne serving Chocolate Chip Cookie

    What will you need: 2 tbl butter, 2 tbl brown sugar, 1 tbl granulated sugar, 1 egg yolk, ¼ tsp vanilla, 1/3 cup flour, 1/8 tsp baking soda, 1/8 tsp salt, ¼ cup chocolate chips.

    Pre heat oven to 350F. Mix together butter and sugars. Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Mix well then add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Last add in the chocolate chips. Put cookie dough into a buttered ramekin or onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the top is golden. Take out of the oven, let cool, and enjoy.

    I, myself, never follow the exact chocolate chip measurements; life’s short, eat chocolate!  This can also be really good with some ice cream scoped on top! Who doesn’t want a cookie? To get all the supplies is about $15 but that includes an entire bag of flour and sugar. You’ll be able to cook a bunch of single serve cookies without having to run back to the store.

    Cooking can be lots of fun, so go and have some adventure with food!

     

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    Always Sunny in Tempe, AZ.


    Whenever I’m on shift I strive to make sure everyone is having a good day at the front desk. Some of us, Student Ambassadors do have some downy days or just are tired. I noticed that so I decided to be the goofball of the SA's. Every time I walk into ...

    Whenever I’m on shift I strive to make sure everyone is having a good day at the front desk. Some of us, Student Ambassadors do have some downy days or just are tired. I noticed that so I decided to be the goofball of the SA's.

    Every time I walk into UAT I head to the front desk and check-in and see how everyone’s doing. I just walk up and say, “Welcome to Chili’s!” They know the usual. I ask everyone’s day and get them to talk about themselves. After a while, I get into the groove and start working but then I pull my trap card. The stuff I say at the desk is to get funny reactions out of everyone. I would say out of nowhere comments or make jokes with everyone.

    I do make myself look like a dork to entertain the others. But my lightheartedness doesn’t stop there. I joke with café staff and point fun with them. I go around doing it to students and even visitors. Whenever I have the chance to go joke around with people and have the chance to brighten their day I will. Rare chances during my shift I go to Founder’s Hall and I mess with the Residential Assistants. Even in the Portal where the staff is like the admissions advisors or student services, I see them and joke with them.

    I just try and make everyone’s day a little bit better. I know me and the other SA’s have a good relationship with our bosses so I feel special that I can joke with them and know I can make them laugh. As long I get at least one laugh or smile out of my fellow co-workers that’s good enough for me.

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    Student Ambassadors from left to right: John B, Jordan B, Bailey N, Marcos X, Andrew M, and Hakim O. Plus Max the catscot.

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