For a game development/software engineering course that I am designing (in the public schools), I would like the final course activity to involve creating a game as a whole class over a long period. The course being created is not a game design class, so I would like to simply recreate an existing game, writing our own code from scratch, as a course activity.
Clearly, both the design and the art assets would belong to someone else. Importantly, our version of the game would never be released. We would be doing this purely as an academic exercise within the class.
Assume that, given the chosen game and the nature of the reproduction, this would otherwise be copyright infringement.
Would this fall under the fair use exception when done within this educational setting?