Technology camps for middle and high school students
About the Digital Convergence Lab
About the camp
About the camp staff
We useGameMaker by Yoyo games.
We useGameMaker as the main application in our games camp because we have found it is easy for students to learn, and it has a huge community of practice, including Indy game developers.
One laptop per child was the route we decided to take so that every child has the same opportunities. However that means 16 different games were being developed and 16 sets of unique questions are being asked.
At lunch we walked the student through our landmark building “Altgelt Hall”. After lunch we took students for a virtual tour of Altgeld Hall in Second Life.
The Digital Convergence Lab Games Camp ◦ Theconcept ◦ The technology ◦ The experience ◦ Lessons learned Virtual Worlds Camp ◦ The concept ◦ The technology ◦ The experience ◦ Lessons learned
Interdisciplinary Partnership ◦ University Libraries and Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technology Services Innovative technologies and innovative application of technologies, with an emphasis on learning Primary Missions ◦ Experiential Learning ◦ Shared Research and Development ◦ Community Outreach
Provide an environment that engages middle-school aged kids of all backgrounds and skill levels to the concepts and practice of media design and development, fundamental concepts of logic and programming, and provide an outlet for creativity. Objective of games camp: By the end of this camp, you will design and develop a video game. 4 Days, 9a-4p 2009, 2010, 2011
DCL Staff ◦ Educational Technology ◦ Media Specialists ◦ 3D Artist/Programmers Graduate Assistants ◦ Art ◦ Educational Technology Faculty Fellow ◦ Art Education
Play/Discuss Build Play/Discuss Build Play/Discuss Lunch Think, Design, Playtest, Change (GameTech, Boys and Girls Club of America, 2009)
Play-Consoles Games you love/What makes a good game ◦ Not too hard, not too easy, gets harder with you, space out, don’t notice time ◦ Fun ◦ Looks good Play/Design Tour-Knytt Stories GameMaker Play/Design Tour-World of Goo GameMaker Clown Game Game Ideas Brainstorm Design Documents
GameMaker: Worktime Play Testing Reflection Packaging Sharing/Celebration Where do we go from here?
OLPC “Build time” is resource intensive Staff Debrief Balance whole class versus individual instruction ◦ Job Aids/Web/Youtube Expectations Consoles/Games/Building Lunch Games
Learned how to create game by: ◦ Instructor demo: 75% ◦ Asked peer: 56.3% ◦ “Messing Around”: 37.5% I enjoyed creating my digital game: ◦ 87.5% Strongly Agree, 12.5% Agree I was able to create the content of my game to convey my message to players ◦ 18.8% Strongly Agree, 43.8% Agree, 37.5% Don’t Agree I feel like I learned how to identify and solve problems ◦ 37.5% Strongly Agree, 50% Agree, 12.5% Don’t Agree My ability to express my thoughts and ideas has been enhanced through making games ◦ 50% Strongly Agree, 43.8% Agree, 6.3% D I used many artistic skills to create my digital game. ◦ 37.5% Strongly Agree, 50% Agree, 12.5% Don’t Agree
How did you benefit? ◦ I now know how to make videogames at home ◦ I became even more creative ◦ I may now have a career in this industry What did you like? ◦ I liked being able to make your own sprites through your imagination and ideas ◦ Getting to play my finished game in the end ◦ Programming What didn’t you like? ◦ The frustration of the computer not understanding ◦ How hard it was ◦ It was too short. All the glitches in my game ◦ Learning the ropes
Provide middle school students an opportunity to learn to build independently and collaboratively in a virtual environment, applying design and development concepts in 2D and 3D art, and provide an outlet for creative energy with a high impact, engaging experience. Objective: Create a presence in a virtual world with a customized avatar, clothing, accessories, and a structure, such as a home, castle, fort. 4 days, 9a-4p 2009, 2010, 2011
Most attended the first week “Games Camp” but not all Ages 11-13 13 Males and 3 Females
Opensim Challenges Theme for Direction Building with limits, landform and prim size Diversity of Activity/Experience Parcels/Etiquette Anonymity Keeping track of stuff
How did you benefit from the experience? ◦ “It helped me learn how to get past difficult problems” ◦ “I think it helped me when I eventually try to get a job in game design” What are things you liked about the experience? ◦ “Customizing my avatar and space” ◦ “I liked being able to build anything without having to do a 5 hour search for only one type item, and how everything is accessible to you”
What are things you disliked? ◦ “the camp is too short!” ◦ “Less lectures” Please provide suggestions to help us improve our instruction ◦ “I don’t have any suggestons for the camp I didn’t have any problems in the camp, in my head the camp is perfect” Please provide any other comments… ◦ “It would be nice if you could make the camp a little longer” ◦ “MAKE THE CAMP LONGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
I would like to have a career in the video game industry. Strongly agree 37.5%, Agree 43.8%, Disagree 6.3%, Strongly Disagree 12.5% I liked playing with the virtual spaces created by my peers. Strongly agree 75%, Agree 25% I forgot about time passing while participating in the activities. Strongly agree 69%, Agree 25%, 6% Disagree
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Jason Underwood: email@example.com Aline Click: firstname.lastname@example.org Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/Aliandrews Digital Convergence Lab: http://dcl.niu.edu Facebook Group: NIU Digital Convergence Lab Twitter: NIUConvergence Illustrations by Scott Fleming Photographs by Elizabeth Anderson