Game and Simulation Programming

  • Turn your passion for gaming into an exciting career! The Game & Simulation program is project-based and focuses on game design, storyboarding, the business side of gaming, programming for single and multi-user environments, and collaboration/teamwork.  Students will participate in a $10,000 coding competition, create several games, make digital career portfolios and enjoy classroom visits from industry professionals.  Students are eligible to earn industry certifications, 3 SPC articulation credits and get introduced to a variety of career opportunities including: Game Designer, Software Developer, Programmer, QA tester, Concept Artist, 2-D/3-D animator, and Project Manager.  We also do "boss battles", google challenges, debugging and more to help students become independent thinkers and problem solvers rather than requiring the memorization of material.  You won't see any fill in the blank worksheets in class but you will see a lot of hands on learning, group projects, and class discussions.

    For students to fully succeed in this class, we suggest they possess a passion for the gaming industry, prior computer knowledge and can type 40 words per minute.

    Taught by Dr. Jodi Kirk, the concept of  "Gamification"  in the classroom is practiced to create a truly unique experience for students.
     
    CURRICILUM OVERVIEW

    YEAR ONE

    History of games, video game genres, introduction to coding, several game builds (GameMaker in 1st year), game immersion, basic game design, game design documentation, digital portfolio & career readiness, NGT Competition- chance to win $10,000 (available in all years)!  Students also learn a variety about the software development industry including careers available and documentation used in the real world.  Industry documents include: customer surveys, problem statements, charters, use cases, business requirements, project plans, architecture, design documents, storyboards, test cases/plans, and more!

    YEAR TWO

    Programming - build 3D games in Unity & Unreal Engine, create multi-user games, coding (C#/C++/JavaScript), resume, & continue digital portfolio.  Students also work in Toon Boom Harmony on animations and Toon Boom Storyboard and are involved in the NGT competition.

    YEAR THREE

    2D & 3D Game Design - Adobe products, design, animation, storyboarding, color theory, logo designs for game compaines, and modeling.

    YEAR FOUR

    Advanced Applications- senior capstone project, finalize digital portfolio, & certification focus!  Students have multiple opportunities to earn certifications in this year as well as focus on one particular area of interest (choices of interest areas including: animation, project management, programming, concept art, or business).

    For detailed course information, please visit our class site MrsKirk.com!

    AWARDS & ACCOLADES

    2017 3rd Place winners in the NGT Competition (Game Squids)- $1,500

    2017 NGT "Everday Hero" Honorable Mention- $500 and 3 Top Team Finalists

    2017 Dr. Kirk honored to speak at the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit

    2017 2 Rotary club scholarship winners

    2017 19 Program Completers

    2017 15 Industry Certifications earned by students including Adobe and Microsoft

    2017 2 students earned “Yes I Can” awards

    2017 SPC articulation became official! Students completing our program earn 3 SPC credits

    2016 2nd Place Team NGT Competition- $3,500 and 4 Top Team Finalists

    2016 2 Industry Certifications earned by students including Adobe and Microsoft

    2015 Game and Simulation Programming course began at our school!