Designing the next great video game

This is a feature story about students working on their own computer games at the iD Tech Camp at SMU.

By Bill Conrad

PLANO -- Video games ranging from Rock Paper Scissors to Call of Duty clones were created during last week's iD Tech Camp.

Plano ISD students Robert Zhu and Sterling Chambers were just two of the young video game designers who attended the camp, where campers learned everything from basic programming to video editing.

"We use technology to teach the kids how to design video games and learn basic programming using languages such as C++," said Olympia Thomas, camp director. "One new thing we are doing is our iPhone app classes. The kids are able to program an iPhone app. The kids can create them at a very young age, beginning at 7 years old."

Campers, ranging from elementary school-aged children to high school students, packed classrooms at SMU. Each student had their own computer and were given free rein to design whatever they chose.

Chambers, 11, spent Thursday designing a game he compared to the popular video game franchise Call of Duty.

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