Augmented reality STEM education app wins Boiler Business Competition

Purdue Polytechnic students John Allen and Connor Wright, juniors in computer and information technology, won the fourth annual Boiler Business Competition on April 28 with teammates Wesley Virt, Thanh Tran, Chris Palermo, and Charles Frey.

The team created an app which turns learning into a game where students complete learning-based tasks in pursuit of completing a mission. The app features augmented reality technology and is designed to foster STEM education.

Women researchers in STEM highlighted

Nicoletta Adamo-Villani

The Purdue Exponent highlighted four women researchers in the STEM disciplines, including Purdue Polytechnic’s Nicoletta Adamo-Villani, as part of their Women’s History Month coverage.

Adamo-Villani is a professor of computer graphics technology. Her work focuses on creating avatars to help teach mathematics to deaf children using sign language and studying uses of mixed reality.

New Albany location brings STEM focus to YMCA

The Purdue College of Technology in New Albany and the YMCA of Southern Indiana have begun a partnership to incorporate STEM subjects into summer programs and other youth programs.

Andrew Takami, director of the Purdue location off Charlestown Road, said while he’s trying to give the college more exposure in the community, he’s also trying to find ways to meet the needs of other organizations in the area.