What is CS4HS @ WMU?

WMU is offering a game design introductory workshop for high-school computer science teachers at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In this Google-funded hands-on short course, teachers will learn and practice the concepts of SketchUp (a 3D modeling program) and to import the models into Unity3D (a cross-platform game engine and Integrated development environment).

It is expected that the teachers will introduce these topics to their HS students. These fun topics may help attract HS students to computer science careers and to the promising field of game design.

The mini-course is free!

Game Design Introductory Workshop for Teachers

July 1, 2, and 8, 2013 Funded by  
College of Engineering and Applied sciences
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5314 USA
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Contact: Game Design Introductory Workshop

This hands-on short course for high-school computer science teachers allows them to learn and practice the concepts of SketchUp (a 3D modeling program) and to import the models into Unity3D (a cross-platform game engine and Integrated development environment). It is expected that the teachers will introduce these topics to their HS students. These fun topics may help attract HS students to computer science careers and to the promising field of game design.

After two days of intensive hands-on instruction on campus, workshop participants will complete a small project within a week; they will utilize SketchUp and Unity3D for the project. At the conclusion of this week, there will be an on-campus/online session where they will present their projects to their peers and the workshop instructors.

We expect the participants to learn and master how to design very simple games, as well as to teach their students to do so. The software used in this workshop is available free of charge, enabling the teachers to download and use it at their home institutions with their students (at the basic level both SketchUp and Unity3D are free of charge, and we will be using desktops for the design for easy implementation). In addition, we plan to have State of Michigan Continuing Education Clock Hours approved, so that interested teachers can further benefit from their participation at the workshop.

  Workshop Schedule

Cost: Absolutely free! Stipend will be available to defray some of the cost of travel, and related expenses; two lunches, one dinner, and coffee breaks will be provided at no cost. Thanks to Google.

Contact: Game Design Introductory Workshop

About the Team

The WMU team developing the CS4HS workshop has long experience with computer simulation that supports classroom instruction. The team created a series of virtual-reality science labs that have been used in some materials sciences classes at WMU's engineering college as well as at other educational institutions. The other schools using these WMU-created virtual labs are the Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Maranhão in Brazil, Louisiana State University and Muskegon Community College.

The labs are computer simulations of the tools and materials of a physical laboratory. This effort, which began several years ago with seed money from the HP company, was most recently funded by a National Science Foundation grant to support the creation of new virtual labs and improve upon existing ones.


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