Third Year a Success!
Thanks to everyone who joined us this year for our workshop! 35 students completed our workshop this year and created a variety of games pulling on themes from their daily lives, internet memes, skyrim, pokemon and more. The majority of our students had no programming experience when they began and by the end had created a playable game.
The Teen Game Workshop is a community service event, providing a free, weeklong workshop for local teens who may not have the resources to explore STEM fields. By the end of the week these teens will gain confidence and excitement in seeing this as a potential career available for them to pursue in upstate NY. It was started in 2014 with the mission to provide a free program focused on allowing underprivileged students the opportunity to learn about programming and STEM related fields in the Capital Region. Students become inspired to learn science and technology through the creation of video games in an experimental learning environment and acquire lasting skills that can be used to further improve and continue your projects outside of the workshop.
Our past two years have been a terrific success and we’re looking forward to year 3! During our pilot program we had 36 students from various schools and different experience and backgrounds and complete the week, and for year 2 we had a total of 51. We are amazed at how much the students were able to pick up after a few days, many of which thanked mentors during the final showcase. Both parents AND students were amazed that we were able to create such a well-made program and that it was entirely free to them!
Besides learning how to program and use various art toolsthe students learned how to look up solutions on their own, express their own thoughts/narrative story, work with others either in a team or to share knowledge and persevere when met with technical challenges.
Are you a local to Troy, NY and are interested in volunteering your time as a mentor during the week? Visit the link to sign up!
Each year one of the biggest pieces of feedback from our students is how much it meant to them to get to meet software and media professionals. We have mentors sign up for as little as 2 hours, to as much as the entire week, we also provide time during lunch breaks for mentors to give talks on their field of expertise, including engineers, programmers as well as individuals who are enrolled at local colleges! Interested in a bringing a larger contingent of your company in for the day contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work with you!
Not in the area or don’t have time to help out? We are also looking for sponsorship this year, now that we are officially recognized as a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3). Thanks to the local community’s support in denoting classroom space and the dedication of local volunteers our program we have been able to run the program with limited resources. Your donation would go towards providing free pizza lunch and light snacks for the students, thumb drives so the students may save their work, and printed materials which are used in the program. We would love for the Teen Game Workshop to grow beyond our current programming, allow us to give a stipend to the instructors who donate their week to the students, and allow us to expand our experience.
Interested in sponsoring the program? Get in touch with us and we can discuss our contribution tiers!
Still have some questions? Visit our frequently asked questions page FAQ page for answers to several common questions.
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