Girls in Gaming – Summer Camp
Cost: $349 (Member Discounts Available)
New Media Manitoba’s Girls in Gaming program aims to provide young women a chance to explore the exciting world of game development in a safe and encouraging environment.
If you want your child to do more than just play video games all summer then give them the opportunity to learn how to create one with this hands-on camp!
Recent school closures and the frequent need to work from home has had a significant impact on parents and students alike. Providing meaningful ways to keep children learning has proven to be a challenge. Generating excitement and maintaining interest is a task few were prepared for. This issue has inspired us to create a fun, engaging camp experience that inspires students to harness their passion for video games to get them designing their very own.
Girls in Gaming is designed from the ground up for young women to spark interest and excitement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Game development is the ideal way to explore these STEM topics as it combines fun with hands-on learning, problem-solving, and creative planning. Our classes are 100% female-focused, from instructors to students. We put positive female role models in front of students who create a safe and collaborative space for students to play, explore, and be themselves.
“Girls’ interest in STEM peaks in middle school and drops off during high school due to social factors and a lack of access.”
-Girls Who Code
Students will be introduced to important video game development concepts including logic, design, and basic coding in this one of a kind camp for young women aged 12 to 15. Imaginations flourish as students use art and code to bring their stories to life in their own interactive narrative game.
Our video game development lessons provide students with the opportunity to:
- Learn Twine 2 and how to blend logic, writing, images, and code into a playable story
- Develop new skills like prototyping, time management, and storyboarding
- Meet new friends with a similar interest
- Explore a passion for games in a constructive way
Amy Gerardy is an illustrator and game developer currently working as a freelance artist. She usually has a variety of projects on the go, from making prints and books to marketing materials and art assets for games. She’s contributed her art to numerous projects as a frequent game jam participant including several that have grown into larger titles such as Sort the Court and Mirror Mortis. She frequently forgets that her tea is still steeping.
Due to COVID-19 we will be taking every possible step to ensure a safe and clean environment. This includes socially distancing all participants, instructors, and desks. We will be cleaning all surfaces, bathrooms, and door handles multiple times throughout the day. All students will be required to sanitize their hands upon entering our space and encouraged to sanitize regularly throughout the day.