Campbell, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2013
Good news for video game lovers: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educators and parents are beginning to see the educational value in video games. Consequently, teens can now do more than simply play games. They can create and develop them, with help from programs like iD Gaming Academy.
Powered by internalDrive, iD Gaming Academy offers courses in game programming, development, level design, 3D modeling and animation. Students gain insight into the industry, and learn firsthand how to turn their passion for gaming into a potentially lucrative career. As the notion of game-as-learning-tool gains traction, iD Gaming Academy has expanded this summer, adding a location to the University of Washington in Seattle. It has also broadened its course offerings with a new course titled Game Development Minecraft.
Held at nine different university campuses throughout the U.S., including Harvard and Stanford, iD Gaming Academy runs in a two-week format. Students stay overnight on campus. They also tour game studios, interact with industry professionals, learn tips to get into the game development field, and collaborate with like-minded peers and instructors. Using their new knowledge, each student produces a portfolio of work that may serve as a competitive edge when applying to colleges. The Academy offers accredited Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Stanford Continuing Studies, enabling teens to demonstrate theyve completed courses with college-level difficulty.
By introducing teens to multiple facets of the gaming industry, iD Gaming Academy inspires students to explore the budding game development job market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts that by 2018, careers in software development will increase by 29%, while the artist and multimedia specialist sector will grow 14%. These rising numbers are promising for aspiring game programmers, artists, and developers.
At iD Gaming Academy, students work with industry standard software including programs like Unreal