Watford City students learn programming through video game design course
WATFORD CITY, ND — Most high school classrooms won’t let you play computer games, but one class in Watford City is encouraging it as an entry point into one of the hottest industries.
While it may sound like fun and games, Kalsey Kronberg’s Gaming and Design course is all about teaching the process of creating video games.
“They give you things to work with and then you can add things while teaching you how to code and build the game instead of starting from scratch,” said freshman Ayden Hilleren.
Using programming software, students like Hilleren design levels for a game in which you play as a doctor fighting germs in the body.
In a world dominated by technology, the skills learned in this class will be vital for the future.
“Focusing on how to operate a computer, how to do coding, how to do things like that, will be very important for job security in the future. It will be very important for our jobs in the future” , Hilleren said.
For people who love computers and are interested in a career, this course is the highlight of the school day.
“It’s fun, and I think it’s definitely going to be something I’ll always be into and can apply in the future,” sophomore Arlene Matthew said.
The fun and excitement of this entry-level class makes it easier to get people interested in the high-demand fields of computing and computing.
“It’s really hard to tell them you should take AP Computer Science, you should take Intro to Cybersecurity, [or] Introduction to networking. These classes seem scary, but when you bring in something like play and design, it’s something they love and enjoy, it opens up pathways,” Kronberg said.
Critical thinking, problem solving, and math are just a few of the lessons learned through play and design. It’s also very good for your reflexes and hand-eye coordination.
Some advanced courses taught at Watford City include Computing, Cybersecurity and Fundamentals of Computing
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