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Drexel Computer Science Students Strive to Claim U.S. Title at “Microsoft Imagine Cup” Technology Design Competition

April 26, 2012

A team of Drexel undergraduate computer science majors earned national acclaim for designing smartphone apps as part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Competition. “Team Drexel Dragons” won the United States Championship for their design of a math learning program. Drexel sent two teams to the national final and now “Team Drexel Dragons” is one step closer to joining the field of competitors at the World Championship in Sydney, Australia in July.

“Our game, ‘MathDash,’ that won in the Mobile Games category, is a game that teaches kids from first – eighth grade arithmetic. Our goal was to not only make a game that was educational, but was a whole lot of fun to play. I believe we succeeded,” said Dr. Frank Lee, co-director of the Drexel Game Design Program and the advisor of “The Drexel Dragons” team.

The Imagine Cup is considered to be one of the most challenging technology competitions in the computer science community. Teams from across the nation compete in three categories: software design, game design and IT challenge. A second qualifying round was held in April and a third round will be held in May. From the combined pool of finalists, champions will be selected in each of the categories to represent the United States in the World Cup Competition.

Senior computer science majors Matt Lesnak, Keith Ayers and N. Taylor Mullen, are “The Drexel Dragons.” This group claimed the U.S. title in the "Game Design - Windows Phone" category.  The team’s project, "MathDash," is a fast-paced game aimed at elementary-aged students, to reinforce math skills via an entertaining Windows Mobile Phone game. Design and development of this game is part of the team's senior design project, and they are working with area schools to field test it.

"Imagine Cup is arguably the most prestigious serious game competition in the nation and the world," said Dr. Frank Lee, co-director of the Drexel Game Design Program and the advisor of “The Drexel Dragons” team.  “Many congratulations to the students as they advance in the competition.”