Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) January 30, 2014
techJOYnT Education Foundation has announced that they will be hosting their very own Game Design Summit competition for the South/Southwest region. Students from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, or Arizona in grades K-College (up to age 27) are eligible to register. Each year, techJOYnT Education Foundation (TEF) releases a main theme and the individual age groups get their own sub-theme during the start of the competition. This year’s main theme is Ocean Conservation and the release of the sub-themes will be on February 1st, 2014.
Students, as individuals or in teams, will have 6 months to come up with an idea, create a game, and submit it through the techJOYnT website for review. In July of 2014, there will be an award ceremony held at Oklahoma City Community College. Students who are able to attend will get the opportunity to show off their games and play all of the games submitted by other students and teams. The Game Design Summit will also include a few vendors and booths of sponsors of the event.
"Video game design is one of the best ways to learn all of the STEM tracks simultaneously- there is even a high level of exposure to art as well," explains techJOYnT’s Game Design Instructor, Bryan Sekine. "When most people think about STEM education, they think of science experiments and hands-on engineering activities, but I believe that creating video games is more engaging, more accessible, equally as educational, and (arguably) more fun for students- they just need exposure to the software and the possibilities that it holds. That’s why we [techJOYnT] want to put together this Game Design Summit; to expose the youth to the possibilities of excelling in the STEAM fields and becoming game designers."
The participating students will be able to use Open Source software platforms to make their games. techJOYnT Education Foundation’s website, gamedesign.techjoynt.com, has a list of available platforms to use as well as a Frequently Asked Questions section. Prizes and awards are still To Be Announced, but you can stay posted on regular updates at their website. You can also register for the event here.
techJOYnT Education Foundation (TEF) connects young minds with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.) learning resources in the greater Oklahoma City communities. TEF offers K-12 students a unique experience that enables them to become creative problem solvers and future science and technology leaders.