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Online Camp Lets Teens Explore Digital Game Design

By: Sherry Squires   Published 12:59 pm / January 27, 2014

GoGo Labs logoGoGo Labs, the start-up company launched by Boise State University in 2013, and Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) are sponsoring a six-week, fully online academic camp that allows teens to explore careers in digital game design.

The Idaho Teen GameLab takes place from March 17 to April 25. Registration begins Feb. 5, which also is Digital Learning Day. Up to 200 middle and high school students throughout the state of Idaho can participate in the camp.

The camp is taught using 3D GameLab, a quest-based learning platform where students play educational quests at their own pace within Gamemaker Studio, Sploder, Unity, Minecraft and Adventure Maps. Students will collaborate in virtual worlds to plan and build civilizations, create personalized games, and test and provide feedback on fellow-developers’ games.

GoGo Labs CEO and founder Lisa Dawley, a national expert on learning environments and a former professor and chair in Boise State’s Department of Educational Technology, developed the software with educational technology faculty member Chris Haskell while at Boise State.

“Ninety-nine percent of teens play video games,” Dawley said. “GoGo Labs is focused on engaging students and inspiring teachers through gamified learning opportunities, and what could be more interesting than designing the games themselves? We’re excited to be working with IDLA to bring this opportunity to Idaho teens.”

The Idaho Legislature established Idaho Digital Learning Academy as the state’s virtual school in 2002.

You can find more information or register online at Idaho Teen GameLab.