Nearly 40 students received the opportunity to continue learning at the second-annual Garland ISD Youth Digital summer camp. A joint venture between the district and Region 10, this year’s interactive camp focused on 3-D and mod game design.
“We dedicate two weeks to teaching kids coding, design, illustration, animation, programming and product development,” said Coordinator of Technology Applications Jasna Aliefendic. “Last year’s camp was so full, we had kids on a waiting list. We get a lot of interest from students and parents.”
Students from seven elementary and seven middle schools spent four six-hour days at camp. Elementary-level students learned mod design during week one, while middle schoolers studied 3-D game design the following week. Some participants were able to attend camp due to scholarships—a few received theirs at STEAMposium—and Region 10 even funded two student facilitators’ experiences.
Two-time attendee, Jackson Technology Center for Math & Science incoming seventh-grader Alex Vo, said he had another fulfilling experience.
“Last year, I attended the Minecraft one, which had more programming. This one had design, which makes it more fun because you can actually choose what you want the game to be like,” he explained. “Attending this camp is really fun and it can help you in life if you want to program games, design games or do something with technology in the future.”
In addition to sharpening math, design and technical skills, students also worked on their dance moves. Rowlett High School and Youth Digital summer camp teacher Trina Cunningham incorporated brain breaks into the day, celebrating curriculum unit endings with fun dances like the Macarena.