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Campers Schooled in ‘Designing a Digital Future’


Thirty high school students took part in the first “‘Designing a Digital Future’ Career Camp,” presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Business and Computer Technologies on June 19-20. Rotating between the school’s new labs for Financial Markets Investment and Web and Interactive Media, the students – all of them entering grades 10-12 – explored digital media-related professions ranging from computer game design and programming to simulation and software development. Using lessons gained from Penn College faculty during eight hands-on workshops in two days, the campers’ activities includes creation of a fully functional video game and design of Web pages and mobile applications. The students, who spent Tuesday night in campus housing, also held dodgeball and video-game tournaments.

– Photos by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday

Embodying the phrase, "Happy Campers"
Embodying the phrase, “Happy Campers”

Matt E. Mooney, assistant professor of web/interactive media, offers an overview of the days' activities.
Matt E. Mooney, assistant professor of web/interactive media, offers an overview of the days’ activities.

Troupers amid Wednesday's swelter (and sunlight playing off the nearby fountains), students and their "camp counselors" gather for a group photo outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.
Troupers amid Wednesday’s swelter (and sunlight playing off the nearby fountains), students and their “camp counselors” gather for a group photo outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

Bahram Golshan, associate professor of computer science, shares the design ingredients for a basic, yet playable "Catch the Clown" video game.
Bahram Golshan, associate professor of computer science, shares the design ingredients for a basic, yet playable “Catch the Clown” video game.

Taking computer self-portraits for an imminent Web exercise
Taking computer self-portraits for an imminent Web exercise

Personalized instruction from John J. Messer, assistant professor of web/interactive media
Personalized instruction from John J. Messer, assistant professor of web/interactive media

A student gets one-on-one assistance from Anita R. Girton, assistant professor of computer information technology.
A student gets one-on-one assistance from Anita R. Girton, assistant professor of computer information technology.

A camper intently replicates game-design instructions.
A camper intently replicates game-design instructions.

Julia A. Ryan, an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation major from Montoursville, lends peer advice.
Julia A. Ryan, an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation major from Montoursville, lends peer advice.

Cody A. Amos, information technology: information assurance and security concentration major from Williamsport (left), and Brian D. Walton, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Business and Computer Technologies, test-drive "Guitar Hero" during preparation for a gaming tournament
Cody A. Amos, information technology: information assurance and security concentration major from Williamsport (left), and Brian D. Walton, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Business and Computer Technologies, test-drive “Guitar Hero” during preparation for a gaming tournament

A mobile application is projected from the back of the room, among the amenities of the dual-screen lab.
A mobile application is projected from the back of the room, among the amenities of the dual-screen lab.

Denise S. Leete, associate professor of computer science, troubleshoots for a camper.
Denise S. Leete, associate professor of computer science, troubleshoots for a camper.

Gamers unite for a closing competition in an ATHS classroom.
Gamers unite for a closing competition in an ATHS classroom.

 

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