Organizations to sponsor two-week video game workshop

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2008

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.

For more information, contact Parks at 523-2334 or rparks@jedc.org, or visit www.jedc.org.



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