Students Compete in Microsoft Imagine Cup in Washington, D.C.

Students working with Computer Science lecturer, Ming Chow, have won a spot in Microsoft's Imagine Cup Game Design Competition finals to be held April 23-26, 2010.

The purpose of the Microsoft Imagine Cup Game Design Competition is to create a complex 2D or 3D game using Microsoft XNA and Visual Studio. The theme of the game must adhere to one of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Juniors Anit Das, Nadia Rodriguez, and Gilad Gray, and senior Cobin Dopkeen created their game called "Nanobots" to address the 2010 Imagine Cup theme "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems."

"The area in which we decided to apply this [theme] was in medicine and combating disease," said Das, a member of Team AwesomeSauce. "One of the biggest problems in medicine today is the precision and accuracy of treatments because many procedures require precision on a very small scale that today's tools have a lot of difficulty with."

"We arrived at the concept of Nanobots which are these microscopic robots equipped to combat disease and heal the body from within," says team member Gilad Gray.

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Team AwesomeSauce is one 10 finalists, and only one of two New England teams, that will showcase its game in Washington, D.C. to compete for the grand prize of $8,000. Second and third place winners will receive $4,000 and $3,000, respectively. The students have also entered Nanobots for Microsoft's Worldwide Imagine Cup Game Design Competition in Poland.