Purdue University College of Liberal Art

Purdue Institute of Civic Communication students develop mobile game prototype

As part of the Purdue Institute of Civic Communication’s (PICC) Washington Program with C-SPAN, this past May 2015, seventeen students from across Purdue University developed a mobile game prototype that challenges eighth-graders in Indiana to balance the federal budget. Working in three interdisciplinary and multi-cultural teams over the course of two-weeks, the students developed the prototype with guidance from Executive Director, Carolyn Curiel, C-SPAN founder and retired CEO, Brian Lamb, Director of Digital Products and Design at the Washington Post, Joey Marburger, and other high-profile guests including staff at the Congressional Budget Office and the U.S. Senate Budget Office, as well as Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. The online game prototype follows Indiana State Educational standards and provides instructional materials and assignments for teachers. Riley Back, a double-major in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and Computer Science Technology, said of the innovative learning experience, "This program was amazing. I did not think it was possible to learn as much as I did in just two weeks. I will take with me valuable insights, business relationships, friendships, skills, and connections for the future."

Congratulations to these students on their teamwork, work ethic, and remarkable achievement!

David's Signature

David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts