JUNEAU - Students will have the opportunity to learn how to create their own games in a two-week summer workshop. The workshop is sponsored by the Juneau School District and Springboard, a Department of Defense funded program operated by the Juneau Economic Development Council. The workshop will be from June 16 to 27 at the University of Alaska Southeast.
In this two-week program, students in eighth- to 12th-grade will be introduced to the basic elements of video game production. Students will learn the fundamentals of C/C++ programming, computer hardware theory and the essential elements that go into making a video game, including animation, sound, collision and artificial intelligence.
Cost is $500 and includes a one-year registration to the game-writing software created by Digipen.
"Gaming is an ideal hook for students. Many students unmotivated by traditional curriculum can really shine in a camp like this. Plus, in today's flat world, these skills prepare students for careers they can pursue anywhere," said Rebecca Parks, STEM Education Specialist for the Juneau Economic Development Council.