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Mountwest to host digital skills and gaming camps this summer

May 18, 2016

Back by popular demand, Mountwest Community & Technical College is offering summer camps that focus on creativity, critical thinking and digital skills for kids in sixth to eighth grades. Four specialty workshops are planned for the first three weeks of June.

Taught by members of the Mountwest information technology faculty, the camps will immerse students in activities related to digital photography, filmmaking, multimedia production, web development, digital art and design, and video game development.

Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. daily. The cost of each camp is $130 per student. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited to 20 per camp. Course materials will be provided. For more information or to register, contact the leader of each camp no later than Wednesday, June 1. The schedule is as follows:

• Digital Photography and Filmmaking, June 6-9:  Students capture photos and videos, and then, do image editing and video processing. Contact Patrick Smith at smith288@mctc.edu.
• Digital Art/Graphic Design, June 13-16: Students use drawing techniques combined with digital methods to create unique pieces of artwork. Contact Julie Terry at terryj@mctc.edu.
• Video Game Development, June 20-23: Students will explore how video games are created and brought to life. Contact Josh Joseph at joseph15@mctc.edu.
• Multimedia Design, June 20-23: Participants design and create multimedia projects using various computer applications. Contact Kim Preece at preece@mctc.edu.

“We organized a couple of camps for the first time last summer and received a very positive response from parents and kids,” said Joshua Joseph, Mountwest game development instructor. “There’s such great interest in learning about and utilizing technology, so we expanded our offerings, involved more faculty and covered more topics this year.”

Besides Joseph, other camp leaders will include Patrick Smith, assistant professor of networking and security; Julie Terry, assistant professor of graphic design; and Kimberly Preece, professor of web development.

“This is a great opportunity for teens to learn useful technical skills in a fun and social environment,” Joseph continued. “They will enjoy a hands-on, stress-free atmosphere, see what it’s like to take a class at the college, and maybe spark an interest in a future career.”

Students need to wear closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water each day. Lunch is not provided; participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch or bring money to purchase food from the Mountwest Café. Activities will include outdoor experiences, as well as computer lab sessions. It’s a good idea to wear layers, as room temperatures and weather conditions may vary.

To download a copy of the summer camp registration form, click here. To access the online payment portal, click here.

Kids gaming at Mountwest digital skills and gaming camp