School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Highlights from 2021-22

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Esports lounge

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering, a transdisciplinary initiative between the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, opened a new esports lounge on the ASU Tempe campus. The lounge serves as a hub for students to gather and play video games as well as a place for students interested in a career in esports to hone their skills. Learn more about the space

NASA internship

School of Arts, Media and Engineering graduate student Lauren Gold took her remote internship to a whole new level, going full extended reality (or “XR” for short) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Gold landed a visiting student researcher position at JPL and worked in JPL’s “DataSPACE lab,” which specializes in immersive technology. Read more about her NASA experience.

Learning platforms for neurodiverse students 

A group of ASU researchers was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for almost $1 million to fund the development of hybrid physical-computational platforms to create pathways to position neurodiverse students for success in school as well as in the larger community. Sha Xin Wei, principal investigator and professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, is working alongside three other ASU faculty and co-principal investigators, including Seth D. Thorn, clinical assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, and Professor Mirka Koro and Assistant Professor Margarita Pivovarova, both of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Their research project “Engaging Teachers and Neurodiverse Middle School Students in Tangible and Creative Computational Thinking Activities” will be funded for the duration of three years with the $998,172 grant. Learn more about the project.

Minecraft server 

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering opened its Minecraft server to the entire Herberger Institute community in Fall 2021. The school developed the server in hopes that users would find it a creative stress relief while also building community. Learn more about the Minecraft server.  

Esports lounge photo by Charlie Leight.
NASA internship photo courtesy of Lauren Gold.
Minecraft server image courtesy of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.