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Polymorphic Games Interns Win Big at the North Idaho Science and Engineering Fair

April 04, 2019

Emily Ball and Ari Carter, high school interns in University of Idaho's Polymorphic Games studio, had a resoundingly successful day at the North Idaho Science and Engineering Fair in early March, leaving the event with three major awards and two special ones.

Their educational video game, Bees and Flowers received a gold medal, a best-in-category and was the second runner up project for the entire fair out of 83 entries. Ari and Emily's game also received the Outstanding Research Project Award from the Idaho Academy of Science and the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award.

Bees and Flowers is a video game made to explain evolutionary concepts to elementary and middle school-aged children by showing the coevolutionary relationship between honey bees and flowers. Working in the Polymorphic Games studio in IRIC 107, Emily created the art and 3D models, while Ari programmed the mechanics of the game and the evolutionary model.

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