Mason Game & Technology Academy (Fairfax, VA) | Summer Camp


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Mason Game and Technology Academy is George Mason University’s Community Outreach Youth Program and a great place for individuals to find professional development courses, extended learning opportunities, and even Executive Education Certificate programs!

Offered as part of the school’s Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) and the Mason Computer Game Design Program, students 9- to 18-years-old can take courses in computer and video game design, programming, and more. Plus, adults can find enrichment courses to advance their careers or just have fun learning a new skill.

Mason Game and Technology Academy provides students 9- to 18-years-old with a variety of computer courses throughout the summer. Summer Prep programs are offered at George Mason’s Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun County locations with opportunities in Virtual Reality Game Development, Music Production, Entrepreneurship, and more!

2019 summer camps include:

Virtual Reality Game Development (Ages 9-14)
June 17-21 & June 24-28, 2019
In this week-long summer opportunity, kids will learn to create their own virtual reality experience using Android + Utopia Headsets and the HTC Vive. This course will focus on implementing interactive media designs (minor programming/asset creation) and fully developing the virtual reality software for both mobile and personal computer platforms. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William and Loudoun County locations:
June 24-28 & Aug 5-9, 2019 (Prince William)
July 22-26, 2019 (Loudoun)

Shakespeare & Games: From Stage Combat to Motion Capture (Ages 9-18)
June 17-21, 2019
This course blends past and future: the historical art of swordplay with cutting edge motion capture technology! Students will begin by safely delving into the art and technique of swordplay — one of the most sophisticated kinetic systems of human movement. Whether they re-enact a sword fight from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, or a lightsaber duel from Star Wars, students will learn safe swordplay techniques, as well as the dramatic and technical tools to perform and tell stories of conflict and resolution. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William County location: June 24-28, 2019

Music Production for Games I: Composition & Mastering (Ages 13-18)
June 17-21 & July 29-Aug 2, 2019
This is a great course for novice composers, seasoned producers, and even experienced musicians with no digital music experience. This course will teach kids how to create and master a composition using professional production software and plugins such as Waves and Ozone products. Kids will learn how to program their composition into their Digital Audio Workshop (DAW), level track volume, equalize, and compress their tracks intelligently, and use time domain effects such as reverb and delay. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

Music Production for Games II: Vocal Mixing & Processing (Ages 13-18)
June 24-28, 2019
This is an invaluable course for students who want to learn how to record, enhance, and edit vocals, and utilize vocal tracks in their music projects. Students will delve deep into microphone technology and placements, miking techniques, and production software such as Melodyne, and learn how to use industry-grade plugins such as Antares, Waves, and Ozone products. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

Junior Biz Entrepreneurship (Ages 9-12)
June 24-28, 2019
This course is designed to help jump-start and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators, especially those who are interested in business and technology. The curriculum for this fun-filled class blends hands-on activities with technology/media, to challenge students to solve real-world problems using STEAM principles. Sparking their creativity through invention team challenges, the students work in groups or individually to generate new or cultivate existing business ideas. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William County location: July 8-12 & July 22-26, 2019

Robots on the Move I: Dash Robots (Ages 9-14)
June 17-21, 2019
Enter the exciting world of robotics and programming in this hands-on course that challenges students to solve real-world problems! Student innovators will work independently and collaboratively in order to solve the various challenges presented to the class. Each student will program a robot and learn to code using block/visual basic programming, which allows students to create programs using a graphical interface. This introductory programming course will teach foundational programming skills, including concepts such as functions, loops, events, conditionals, bugs, and debugging. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William County location: July 22-26, 2019

Robots on the Move II: LEGO Wedo 2.0 (Ages 9-14)
July 15-19, 2019
Students will explore the world around them using the LEGO Wedo 2.0 robots. They will build robots that use motors and explore intuitive drag and drop visual programming. This fun-filled course will allow the students to develop their own ideas and theories and develop computational thinking skills while making science come to life through coding. Students will immediately see how their algorithms directly translate into the real-life movements of their robots. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William County location: July 29-Aug 2, 2019

Introduction to Blockchain Apps (Ages 14-18)
June 17-21 & June 24-28, 2019
The course covers an introduction to blockchain and creating and understanding decentralized applications. Students will learn the basics of smart-contract development by focusing on Ethereum, a platform for decentralized applications. This course exposes students to decentralized apps (DApps) where students will interact and develop games on the Ethereum blockchain. Students learn to code in Solidity, the contract-oriented programming language for writing smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain. Students will go through a crypto-zombies game to learn in a fun and engaging way. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Loudoun County location: July 22-26, 2019

Next Gen Virtual Reality Minecraft Modding: Three Levels of Challenge (Ages 9-14)
June 17-21 & July 29-Aug 2, 2019
A summer favorite returns! Enjoy mod building challenges, team-based adventures, VR tournaments, and so much more! Beginners will learn to create mods immediately, and share them with friends, by learning a fun and engaging program used to make modding Minecraft as simple and elegant as possible. Returning students will focus on learning good coding habits in a Java environment, and learn to comment, use Java libraries, and integrate their modding ideas into a final design and creation of their own, unique, customized Mod for Minecraft. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William County location: June 24-28, July 8-12, & Aug 5-9, 2019

Roblox Game Development (Ages 9-14)
June 24-28 & July 8-12, 2019
This course teaches students the basic tools of Roblox development, beginning with how to create parts and the various properties of each item. Course topics also include power-ups, lives, and enemies. At the end of the course, students will have built an Obby, inspired by the original Super Mario Brothers, a Racing Game inspired by Mario Kart, or an Arena Game inspired by Fortnite! To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William and Loudoun County locations:
June 17-21, July 15-19, & July 29-Aug 2 (Prince William)
July 22-26, 2019 (Loudoun)

2D Digital Art for Games (Ages 9-18)
June 24-28, July 8-12, & July 15-19, 2019
This class allows students to create their own characters and worlds and bring them to life! Students will receive general and intermediary digital painting lessons using Photoshop and Wacom Digital drawing tablets. Lessons include texturing, animation, landscaping, shading, and coloring techniques, and anatomy. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William County location: June 17-21 & Aug 5-9, 2019

Python: An Introduction to Programming (Ages 11-18)
June 17-21, July 15-19, & July 29-Aug 2, 2019
This popular course is an excellent introduction to programming for students of all ages. Python is an excellent first programming language because students can quickly learn how to think like a programmer. Python is easily readable — students won’t need to memorize the complex syntax that other programming languages require. Instead, students will be able to focus on learning programming concepts and paradigms. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William and Loudoun County locations:
July 8-12 & Aug 5-9, 2019 (Prince William)
July 22-26, 2019 (Loudoun)

C# Programming (Ages 13-18)
June 17-21, June 24-28, & July 8-12, 2019
This course will cover the fundamentals of C# programming. It will be taught in conjunction with the Unity Game Engine, as visual examples in Unity allow for an increased understanding of how the code behaves and can be manipulated in practice. To reinforce learned material, small games or “Micro Games” will be created to explore new material. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

Java Programming (Ages 13-18)
June 24-28, July 15-19, & July 29-Aug 2, 2019
This course will provide students with a basic understanding of the Java programming process. Object-oriented programming concepts, simple tutorials, and game building examples will be used to learn the Java language and syntax. This course will cover programming basics, input, output, data structures, methods, file io, class hierarchies, and object-oriented programming. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

Intro to Hardware Design: Learn to Build Your Own Computer (Ages 13-18)
June 24-28, 2019
Students will learn the fundamental structure of computer hardware. Whether a computer runs Windows, Mac, Linux, or other OS, all computers use the same hardware. This course will cover all the essential components of a computer system, their purpose and functions. Additional parts will also be discussed such as different cooling systems, graphics cards for gaming, and different peripheral options. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

Intro to Music & Sound for Games (Ages 13-18)
July 15-19, 2019
The Music & Sound for Games course is a great opportunity to learn about audio technology and how sound and music are recorded for games in a fun, collaborative environment. Students will be exposed to recording studio practices, field recording, voice acting, foley, sound editing, music synthesis, and MIDI sequencing. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

Intro to Game Design & Development (Ages 9-12)
July 8-12 & July 29-Aug 2, 2019
The journey begins here for those who are interested in the exciting, fast-changing world of Computer Game Design and VR. Participants will learn the fundamentals of game design, rules, and game mechanics, with hands-on experience using current game engine tools. Students will experience the roles of producer, programmer, designer, and artist, and be provided an insider’s look at the Computer Game Design industry — present and future. To learn more and register, click here; to see all class offerings, click here.

This course is also offered at MGTA’s Prince William County location: July 15-19, 2019


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