Kids learn game design in summer school
Video link – Washoe Students Learn Video Game Design.
Sixteen Washoe County students are spending this week learning not just how to play vide games, but how to design them. It is part of the district’s Community Education program, and for once, the students have no complaints about summer school… On Thursday the class hosted guest lecturer Ryan Cullins from local design company 3G Studios. He said if the kids like the taste of game design that they’re getting in this class, then they could really have a future in the industry.”
– Arianna bennett (KTVN News)
Video Link – Local students make a game of summer school.
“Today the class got to talk to Cullins, a real-life game designer. “It’s a dream come true for me because I get to teach the kids about things that I’ve learned in the past 15-20 years of my life developing games, and things I wish I knew when I was their age,” Cullins said.
And Cullins says getting them interested in technology is vital. “Their careers are dependent on learning technology at a young age,” Cullins said. “Right now this will change the course of the way they view technology and the potential careers that they have.” “It’s really cool to know what goes into them, and it’s really awesome to build your own,” Evan said. The kids love the class. “I told my mom I want to do this again next summer,” Evan said. Cullins is excited to see it develop, and he might even be a bit jealous. “Getting these kids involved in our industry is really really difficult typically because we don’t have classes like this,” Cullins said. “This is really unique and I wish we had this when I was a kid.”
Ashley Cullins (KRNV News)
I wish summer school was like this when I was in school. Better still, it would be great if they had classes like this during the school year!
$10.3 Million for new Games, Learning, and Assessment Lab
“The game industry and nonprofits are teaming up to create a video game design lab that will do research on engaging students and measuring learning … The new Games, Learning and Assessment (GLASS) Lab will be managed by the Institute of Play, a nonprofit video game institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Electronic Arts, and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). It will be supported by $10.3 million in grants.”- Dean Takahashi