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New computer games on the façade of the university tower building

Computer Science students will complete the first level of their degree programme with “Space Invaders” and “Connect 4” on 26 and 27 February.

The objective of around 200 students is to play computer games they themselves have designed on Kiel University’s tower building at the end of the first semester of their Computer Science degree programme. As from the end of October, the budding computer scientists have been learning the basics of the programming language Java in an introductory lecture series on programming. In accompanying practical exercises they then had the opportunity to translate what they had learned into practice: for example, by developing simple graphics applications or more complex data structures.

Now, at the end of the semester, they face their actual challenge: to programme their own game based on what they have learned. They can chose from two possible games. “Connect 4”, in which two players try to place their counters in such a way as to create a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row of 4, or the classic “Space Invaders”, where the aim is to protect Earth from an invasion of hostile aliens. Because of their simple graphics, both games are particularly suited to being displayed on Kiel University’s tower building. Interested spectators are cordially invited to come along and play on Wednesday 26 February and Thursday 27 February from 8pm.

Each year for the past few years, “Project Lighthouse” has converted the tallest building on the university campus into a gigantic LED screen. Using this technology, the students present their various games on the façade of the tower on Christian-Albrechts-Platz and, in doing so, bring the first semester of their Computer Science degree programme to a spectacular conclusion.

Media representatives are very welcome to attend the presentation. Photos and film recordings are permitted. Please register in advance by phone at +49 431 880-7297 or by e-mail to cds@informatik.uni-kiel.de.

Key facts:
What: “Connect 4” and “Space Invaders” on the façade of the university tower building
When: Wednesday 26 February and Thursday 27 February, from 8pm
Where: Kiel University, Christian-Albrechts-Platz, Audimax and lecture hall K

Students in front of the illuminated university tower building
© Raissa Maas, Uni Kiel

The art collective “Project Lighthouse” has converted the tallest building on the university campus into a gigantic LED screen. Each year, Computer Science students display various animations on the façade of the university tower building and, in doing so, bring the first semester of their Computer Science degree programme to a spectacular conclusion. The project attracted worldwide attention by recreating the game “Tetris” using around 57,000 individual LEDs covering over 1,200 square metres.

Contact:

Christoph Daniel Schulze
Department of Computer Science
cds@informatik.uni-kiel.de
+49 431 880-7297

Jan Winters
Press, Digital and Science Communication