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The Future Is Unreal: Preparing Students for Careers in Interactive 3D

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 124

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Education Operations Manager
Cathy Cheo-Isaacs (@iwearthecrowns) is the Education Specialist at Epic Games. Former roles include Game Design & Development Teacher, Educational Technology, Professional Learning, Esports, and Game-Based Learning Consultant, Event Production & Community Content Specialist, Lower School EdTech Specialist, Innovation and Technology Integration Specialist. Wife of @mr_isaacs, mom of @amazingrace1214 and @leilaboo215, and professionally trained pastry chef. She hearts theatre, tech, food, ‘Cuse, and little red cars. Cathy tries to live aloha each day and likes to yell.
Education Program Manager
Epic Games
Steve Isaacs is the Education Program Manager at Epic Games. His mission in this role is to support educators and students in exploring career opportunities that leverage interactive 3d skills. Prior to his role at Epic, Steve was a public school teacher for 28 years, teaching game design and development as well as other courses related to creative uses of technology. Steve enjoys spending time with family and friends. His hobbies include video games, biking, snorkeling, hiking and live music.

Session description

There's never been a more exciting and empowering time to be a creator. Real-time technology is set to transform the world we live in. With Unreal Futures, students will learn how to create real-life projects produced by industry leaders in a variety of fields using Unreal Engine.

Purpose & objective

This session will introduce educators to interactive 3D and real-time technology across various industries, including advertising, game development, architecture, engineering, automotive, film, and entertainment. We'll be sharing teaching resources for the Unreal Futures series and the ease in which Unreal Engine can be incorporated into any class curriculum. Educators will leave with an understanding of the tools in the Epic Ecosystem and the potential they have to prepare students for real-world skills using industry-standard tools.

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00:00 Welcome/Presenter Intro/Overview
02:00 What is Interactive 3D?
06:00 Interactive 3D in the Real World
10:00 Why teach 3D?
12:00 Demand for Careers in Real-time 3D
15:00 Showcase uses of Unreal Engine in Education
18:00 Unreal Engine Community / Epic Games' Commitment to Education
20:00 Unreal Futures Demo
55:00 Q&A
58:00 Next steps/Closing

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Session specifications

Emergent technologies
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Subject area:
Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.