For those of you not in education and games, Unity is a high-end software package for creating3D and 2D games. For those of you into Open Source, while Unity is not an Open Source platform, it is developing a "publish to Android" version. The tool is also one of those that has a version that is free to use with some limits to functionality. more details on the software overall can be found at the Unity 3d site and on the various versions under their license page.
They are running a contest to encourage schools to start teaching development of mobile games and apps. Schools had to submit a proposal for a course they would develop using the tool. Twenty schools that win the first round (including us) get a full version of the software and an ANdroid phone to use to develop sample courseware. Those 20 schools submit their samples in roughly two months after they receive the package. Three of the 20 will win 20 copies of the full version and 20 phones to complete development of and offer the course.
Am quite psyched. A nice finish to the day.