ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Lauren-Alexandra Stapleford, of Waterville, who is studying game design and development, spent the summer at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity. Student teams worked on unique digital projects over the last 10 weeks.

Stapleford worked on Whisper of a Lullaby, a third-person adventure game.

Each summer, MAGIC’s Co-Up program, in partnership with the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, offers students the opportunity to earn cooperative education experience and a stipend, work alongside faculty and staff mentors, and gain valuable business advice-all while developing digital products fit for the marketplace. The program was made possible through financial support from members of the RIT Board of Trustees.

“From the beginning of the summer to the end, the games look different, the software looks different and the questions that the students are asking are different,” Andrew Phelps, professor and director of RIT’s MAGIC Center, said in the release. “Students are thinking about how to accomplish their goals, and we are fortunate that the RIT Board of Trustees continues to see the value and potential of this Co-Up program and our students.”

Phelps also said that each year the kinds of projects that are showcased are varied and unique, and often extend beyond the game space.

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