Coral Springs High School students with a strong interest in designing video games are learning how to develop and create exciting games involving the latest technology. They are learning about the digital technology necessary create the games they love to play. They are part of the introduction to gaming program.
“The gaming class helps students learn about digital technology and lays the groundwork for them to enter the gaming industry,” said Jason Freedman, who teaches gaming at Coral Springs High School. “They are learning to make classic video games using a program called game maker.”
The students are making classic video games and learning all the skills needed to make such a game. One popular game they make is Asteroids. They have to interpret all the concepts employed in the game of asteroids to make the game. The young people are learning what is involved in taking for a game from the basic idea through its development and to the point where it can be pitched to a company. They are learning how to test the game and to make sure it works properly.
Freedman is proud of the students. They earned first and second place in a 3D animation, first, second and third place in 3D modeling and first place in web design. The gaming students were part of the Business Professionals of America District competition. They are looking forward to competing in the state competition in Orlando in February and if successful there a national competition in Orlando in May.
“To be successful, a game designer needs to be able to understand what makes a game fun and interesting,” said Freedman.
Max Saurez is a top game at Coral Springs High School. “I am learning code and how to create fun computer games,” he said. “Right now I am working on a 2D role playing game. We are learning to make the games we love to play.”
Shaqueille Griffin also enjoys working in gaming. “I have learned about 3D modeling,” he said. “I have gained some valuable experience here.”
The gaming students are part of the overall Linking Education and Employment Outcomes, which encourages students to develop business leadership skills. Many of the students compete in Business Professionals of American events. Recently students took first and second place in news broadcasting.
Waseef Rahman a junior enjoyed playing the role of reporter in the competition. “I enjoyed learning how to produce a news show,” he said.
Orane Wright played the role of editor. “I liked doing the editing work and putting the show together,” he said.