Making a digital game requires a sustained, coordinated effort of a team comprised of many roles and a diverse range of skill. This Summer Discovery Career Accelerator introduces the first game design program of its kind, leading students through a curriculum that covers an introduction to programming, computational thinking, object-oriented programming with the C# scripting language, and 3D game development and exploration of careers in tech. You'll learn how to turn your passion for coding and gaming into a career. First, learn the fundamentals of C# (pronounced C-Sharp), Microsoft's powerful, modern, object-oriented programming language.
Who should take this course?
This course is suitable for students who want to explore careers in tech and coding.
In this career accelerator, students learn by doing. This course is project-based to give students experience planning, designing, coding, testing, and producing games. Next, students are assigned into teams where they will build a game using teamwork, collaboration, communication, problem-solving skills, iterative design methodologies, software development skills in an environment where students develop leadership skills. This is a highly collaborative process where students engage as they would an actual professional development team.
Experienced guest speakers and career exploration panels will provide students with a deeper understanding of the multiple paths to reaching a career in the tech industry.
There will be three Road to College and Career Panels with the following themes:
These panels are designed to give students exposure to each level on the path to a career in tech from real-life tech professionals. They will learn from undergraduate students about the academic preparation in college, hear from early-level career professionals in various aspects of the industry, and engage with successful tech innovation leaders.
Industry guest speakers and career panels allow for career path exploration.
The tech industry is driven by creative, collaborative leaders in innovation. To shine in this competitive industry, students must demonstrate soft skills and outstanding leadership qualities.
Leadership training includes the following themes:
Our Career Accelerators are taught by world-class instructors. Just check-out our Game Design instructor at NYU!
Jerry Wood is an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. He has been there since August 2010. He is also the Director of the Graduate Program in Information Technology at ATU. Previously, he served as the Head of the Computer Science Department until Fall 2021. Jerry completed both his PhD and his undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His bachelor’s degree is in Computer Science, his master’s degree is in Information Technology and his PhD is in Computer and Information Science. His research interests are primarily in the use of various technologies to improve the quality of information in an organization, but also in human-computer interaction, and information management. Jerry teaches undergraduate programming courses at Arkansas Tech University. Those courses include Introduction to Programming, Intermediate Programming, Scripting Languages, and a graduate course in Software Development. He also teaches graduate courses in Computer Networking and Information Quality. He has been nominated five times for his university’s faculty excellence in teaching award with his most recent nomination in March 2022. Jerry taught himself to program when he was 16 years old by learning how to write code to develop his own games.