Skip navigation

STEM Video Games Camp
(High School Residential Camp)


Dates: June 24th - 29th, 2018.

High School: This camp is for students entering grades 10 - 12.

Are you interested in video games, animation, or 3D virtual worlds? Do you know that designing games is a team effort involving several types of artists, writers, and programmers, as well as the game designer? Sign up for the Video Game Design and Development track to try your hand at game design and learn about the various careers available.

Join us to use professional software to design and develop a playable video game. Participants will explore popular video games, learn the essentials of game design, develop a game story, create game characters, invent game goals and rules, storyboard game scenarios, design a game interface, and create sound effects to realize their games. No prior experience needed, but those who have participated in our Game Design Day Camp will be able to use the week to advance their skills.

STEM Careers Camp gives high school students an opportunity to explore career options in several areas. NIU faculty and staff in several colleges and Career Services as well as local professionals will staff specialized tracks in Coding, Engineering, Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Hacking, and Video Game Design. Participants will apply to the track of their choice and spend the bulk of the week with the smaller group of students who have also chosen that track. Evening recreational activities will involve all campers.

Campers can expect a fun and busy week as STEM career options open up before them! STEM Careers campers will experience dorm life by living in one of the newly renovated Gilbert Hall and in the dorm and the Blackhawk Cafeteria in the Holmes Student Center. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with professionals and students in many STEM fields throughout the day, including informally at meals. Evening activity choices include visits to Davis Hall Observatory, video game night, movie night, and outdoor recreational activities.

For more information on STEM Career camps click here.


sculptris screen capture

Who should apply?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, STEM Career Explorations is for you!

  • Are you interested in video games, animation, or 3D virtual worlds?
  • Do you like math or science but have no idea what you could do for a career?
  • Do you know that designing games is a team effort involving artists, writers, and programmers, as well as the game designer?
  • Are your parents telling you to become a computer programmer because they know computer programmers make a good salary, but you don’t know what a computer programmer does?
  • Do you dream about video games?
Cost: Early bird discount is $650. More pricing information is available here.

Location: NIU DeKalb Campus

Contact: dcl@niu.edu or call 815-753-0673

Registration is available by clicking the button below!

register button



>> To search for more NIU summer camps visit here.


DCL logo


Partner With Us

Submit a Project

Student Application button

Digital Convergence Lab
Room 338

Founders Memorial Library (FO) 
(815) 753-0673
dcl@niu.edu

Facebook  YouTube 


Images from our interactive
XBox Kinect window!



Error processing SSI file