Summer gaming seeks campers


By Nikki Blankenship - nblankenship@civitasmedia.com



Shawnee State University (SSU) is looking for high school students interested in the field of game design to take part in two-week long summer camps designed to help students further their gaming knowledge. The program originally offered three options.

“[T]he first camp we have had to cancel due to lack of enrollment,” Mistie Spicer, Coordinator of Academic Events and Partnerships, explained.

Remaining camps include Game Art and Design, taught by SSU Faculty Greg Lyons. The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 19 through Thursday, June 22.

The camp will cover the creation of 3D art assets as used in contemporary 3D games and designing levels for play. The students will be shown how to create and texture their own 3D meshes, import them into an engine. The students will then be taught to create interactivity for their game. Each level will be functional and have game elements integrated to provide play and immersion. The students will be exposed to the software Autodesk Maya, the Unreal Engine 4 and various texturing processes. Upon completion, each student will have their own game levels where they are the artist/designer.

The second camp covers the topic of a game programming and it taught by SSU Faculty Jason Witherell. The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14.

This camp will focus more on “pure” programming. We’ll use the C# programming and the MonoGame framework (used in games such as Axiom Verge, Bastion, Stardew Valley, etc.) The focus will be on programming in a gaming setting. We’ll cover topics such as if statements, repetition, functions, object-oriented programming, arrays, etc. This camp is ideal for those considering careers in STEM-related fields.

Camps have been opened up to include younger campers.

“The fliers say 15 to 17 years old, but we will take those who are 13 getting ready to turn 14 and up to 17,” Spicer stressed.

Campers are asked to have basic computer knowledge including the ability to navigate files and folders in a Windows 7/10 environment, use an internet browser (and saving images) and be an okay typist (about 5–10 words per minute). Computers are available; however, if participants wish to bring their own laptops, SSU staff will help them install the needed software.

Camps are $285 per person per camp, which includes lunch each day. For more information or to register for one of the summer gaming camps, email mspicer@shawnee.edu, call 740-351-3635 or stop by the AP program office located at room 211 of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, Shawnee State University, 940 Second Street, Portsmouth.

By Nikki Blankenship

nblankenship@civitasmedia.com

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.