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Robotic Programming & Video Game Design Camp (Middle School Day Camp)

Video Game Design Camp
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Dates: July 9th - 13th, 2018.

Middle School: This camp is for students entering grades 5 - 9. Test writing back

Are you into video games? Do you have an idea for a video game you would like to build? Have you attended video games camps at NIU and want to take what you have learned to the next level? Are you interested in meeting professional video game designers to ask questions about what is like to work in the industry? The Digital Convergence Lab is offering a one week summer camp open to students ages 13 to adult (younger students must have attended a prior game camp and get permission from the camp director, Michael Swope, interested in building or expanding their video game design skills using professional video game design tools, programming, and 3D graphics.

Participants will:

  • Meet professional video game designers
  • Play popular video games - yes we play games!
  • Learn scripting languages
  • Build assets in 3D
  • Build a landscape
  • Animate objects
  • Program a playable game

Using computer-based tools, students will take their design ideas through to the prototype stage of a playable video game. The camp will help students develop skills like complex problem solving, working in teams, project management, and using computer software for design. Much of the software used during the camp is freely available online, and students can continue to use it after the camp. A full list of resources will be made available to students for further study after the camp.

Time: M-F 10am to 4:30pm.

Location: Northern Illinois University, Founders Memorial Library Digital Convergence Lab (DCL) Room 338. Please come directly to the lab by 9AM.


Students are asked to bring a lunch.

Program Fees:
Fees for participation in this day camp are $250. For more information contact Michael Swope:

Registration Materials:
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This is a day camp. Students must be signed in and out each day.

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