Scott Barlowe, WCU assistant professor of computer science, taught a summer video game building workshop for 10 Jackson County Public Schools students at Smoky Mountain High School. Barlowe covered topics including 2-D and 3-D game creation, marketing games and the video game production process. Students used Game Maker, a game creation software application, and were introduced to a variety of free game building resources.
“These students picked this up very quickly,” said Barlowe. “It was clear they have a real interest and a desire to learn. What they will find in the future is that the programming logic, design and job-seeking skills can be applied to a wide variety of career fields outside of the video game industry.”
The workshop was supported by a STEM/E (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math/Entrepreneurship) grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation and awarded by the Jackson County Public Schools. In addition, the workshop was sponsored by the Smoky Mountain High School Media Center. Each participant received a book, software, USB flashdrive loaded with resource materials and a T-shirt.
For more information, visit the “Students Take Video Gaming to the Next Level During Summer Workshop” website (link no longer active).