Summer Professional Development in VR / AR for Teachers of Computer Science

Virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) application development offers an engaging way to teach a variety of important topics in computer science, including user interface design, computer graphics, and software engineering. In this hands-on session, participants will learn the fundamentals of VR/AR application development. We will survey popular VR/AR platforms and development kits, and implement a simple VR game using the popular Unity game engine. Participants will be involved in discussions about how they can integrate programming activities related to VR/AR in their classrooms.

When: August 7 – 9, 2019

Where: Discovery Partners Institute, 200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago


Cost: Free

Lectures and tutorials will be provided by the following:

  • Luc Paquette (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Education)
  • Eric Shaffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science)
  • Craig Zilles (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science)

Accommodation: There is no official lodging for this professional development workshop. However, participants can stay at the nearby La Quinta Chicago Downtown (1 South Franklin), which offers a 20% discount for individuals and groups. Select desired dates and number of guests per room, then select "rate type" drop down menu and use the promo code DPI77. Choose search and continue until reservation is complete.

Sponsors: Discovery Partners Institute (DPI)

Please contact Raya Hegeman-Davis if you have any questions.