MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Crystal McFarlane of Mount Vernon, placed third in the first round of Microsoft's Imagine Cup Earth competition and won $1,000.
Several month ago, Microsoft announced a rare and fun event for students to learn to code with NASA science by entering their Imagine Cup Earth coding competition.
The company invited students worldwide to use their free online developer tools and create a game, simulation or story inspired by the types of earth science that NASA and other researchers use every day, said Microsoft Imagine in a statement.
Microsoft said McFarlane won with her “Shadowing Tuna Boats” game using Kodu. McFarlane's winner is a simple and easy-to-play game where users have to catch 10 mature fish to win. Judges said they liked the graphics, game play and the well thought out winning and losing scenarios, said Microsoft.
The company added the projects represent the world-changing combo of technology and science.