Led by Dr. David Chesney of the University of Michigan’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Program, University of Michigan’s Gaming for Good class is making things a little brighter for the kids at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital thanks to a donation of over 200 new Xbox 360 gaming consoles. Kids who are unable to leave the hospital, or even their rooms, will have a whole new way to stay entertained by playing games, listening to music, or watching movies. Now in it’s second month, the program comes with the added bonus of encouraging kids to think critically and be cooperative while playing games.
“Gaming for Good,” a 100-level engineering course taught by Dr. Chesney, focuses on developing programming skills and creating video games that fulfill a social purpose, such as helping children with autism or improving children’s cognitive learning skills. The goal of the class is to develop games that integrate into therapy tools at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.