On August 27th, Bermuda Island Games and educational organization dCyfa hosted the Junior Video Game Design Bootcamp at Warwick Academy.
Adrian Lodge commented, based on the first Video Game Design Challenge, we had far more people sign up than we could handle. The class size had a maximum of 30 students, and there was a standby list of 20 more.
Thanks to our sponsors, Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, the Government of Bermuda Economic Development Department, Bermuda Motors, Horizon Communications Ltd., and People’s Pharmacy, we were able to successfully offer the bootcamp at an affordable rate of $10.
The camp included breakfast and lunch, catered by Heron Bay and Pizza House, as well as Hint water from Barritt's Limited. Prizes were given to the top 4 students, as well as giveaways such as T-shirts and USB dongles.
Iman Gibbons from dCyfa had helped to structure the camp, starting from the basics of using Scratch, and progress throughout the day to more advanced Unreal Engine 5. Students were encouraged to work in groups with one team leader to help the others with their programming.
Overall it was very exciting to see the future generation work together and improve their skills (which are transferrable), or pursue their own career in video game development.
Here is a quick recap showing some of the students in action as they work on their laptops: