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Kids Learning Video Game Development

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AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — With temperatures this hot, many kids are spending most of their time indoors playing video games. But what if they were designing those games instead?

Leo Wurgaft is in the middle of one of the best weeks of his life, participating with his peers in a different kind of summer camp for kids who’ve got a knack for science and technology.

The camp teaches students ages 7 through 17 skills most adults will never learn, like game development, computer coding and app development.

“All of these kids are really into video games and have that interest so they’re coming into a peer group of kids that are like-minded and what they’re interests are and they’re kids that enjoy video games and are interested to kind of look under the hood,” says Alexander Scott, camp director.

“It’s a very geeky culture, so If you come here, you’re very geeky,” jokes 9th grader Henning Fischel.

And on top of making like-minded friends, they’re also preparing for the future.

“I am totally coming here next year,” says¬†Wurgaft. “It is a very good camp.”

“I figure being a computer game designer could be kind of an option for me and I figure if I’m going to design a computer game, I might as well know how to actually program it,” adds 9th grader

“It’s not unheard of that some of these major software companies are looking at even young campers as young as 17 and checking out their talent,” says Scott.

The week-long ID Tech Camps at Amherst College run through mid-August.


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