Eight-Day Youth Game Development Camp Coming to Baton Rouge in July

The Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge is hosting a game development summer camp for youth ages 11-16. 8-Bit Bootcamp will teach participants how to build, develop and play arcade-style video games from idea to product.

8 Bit Bootcamp Baton RougeAll skill levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome and no experience is required. The camp will kick off Monday, July 13th and run through Thursday that week (July 16) and the following week with the same schedule of days (July 20 – July 23).

Mentors will be on-hand to guide students through the process of developing game ideas and bringing those ideas to life through a variety of digital tools, explains the Tech Park. Students will also have access to tools after the conclusion of camp to continue to build and develop their skills.

Lessons include:

  • Elements of a great video game and how to create them
  • How to use digital game development tools (Stencyl, Adobe Creative Suite, Blender, Unity)
  • How to develop game mechanics, rule sets, art, music, and controls from scratch
  • How to create different game levels and challenges
  • How to identify and fix bugs in a game to make it more playable

Provided in the price of the camp, which comes in at $400 for the entire course:

  • Access to necessary hardware
  • Licenses to necessary software tools to continue learning after the camp concludes
  • A light breakfast from 7:00AM-7:45AM each morning
  • A healthy snack twice a day
  • Pizza Party Lunch on Thursdays
  • 8-Bit Bootcamp t-shirt
  • Maximum 6:1 student to instructor ratio