© Photo by Brigid McNutt.
Volunteers Mike Barclay (left) and Nick Ferguson (right) work with Brett Ferguson at the 'Plan, Program, Play' computer programming camp at SIAST.
By Brigid McNutt
SIAST Palliser’s second annual ‘Plan, Program, Play’ computer programming camp kicked off Wednesday, this year with all new games and a 3D gaming engine. Eighteen students are participating in the camp this year, ranging from Grades 8 to 12. Over the three-day camp they will learn how to configure and develop computer games using the C# programming language.
“The purpose of the camp is to teach programming by using gaming to motivate the students. It’s not necessarily about teaching game programming, it’s teaching all programming through games,” said camp instructor Gavin Osborne. “We turn that interest in playing games into the ability to make them.”
On the first day of camp students start with an easy-to-use tool to practice the basic concepts of game design. From there they move on to using industry standard tools. Between programming and writing codes, students get breaks to play on-line games and compete in tournaments. Speakers from Saskatchewan’s IT industry will also be coming in to present to the students.
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