Power of Neurogaming (PoNG) Center Summer Internship

In the Summer of 2021, I was selected to be the Program Manager Coach and a Project Lead for the Power of Neurogaming (PoNG) Center Summer Internship. I sought out this internship opportunity because I had the leadership and technical skills to succeed, but most importantly, I wanted to use my skills to give back to the community and lift up underrepresented groups in STEM.

~ Check out the game below ~

My contributions to this internship

As Program Manger Coach:

  • Developed and presented a workshop on project management practices and tips
  • Answered questions from project managers from different teams

As Project Lead:

  • Lead as Scrum Master for my team using Jira and Confluence for an educational game about climate change called Habitat Heroes
  • Facilitated conversation between my team and our stakeholder, Dr. Jules Jaffe
  • Fostered a supportive and safe work environment for my neurodivergent teams and interns
  • Worked closely with each team member to ensure their needs are being met while also evaluating their performance
  • Mediated team conflict and employed disciplinary action when necessary
  • Programmed a sticker book game mechanic to monitor player progression using C# and Unity

About Habitat Heroes

“Habitat Heroes is a game about saving the Earth and implementing renewable energy sources. You try to convince a company called Megacorp to change their polluting ways and help protect planet Earth.” (source)

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