Games are an important form of learning. At the Digital Convergence Lab we play games, design games, and build games for fun and learning. Each summer we offer video games camps for boys and girls from ages 10 and up. In June watch for our video Games camp "Just of Girls". In July we have three weeks of Co-Ed Camps. In early August we have a residential careers camp for high school students. Finally, in August we offer an Advanced Video Games Camp for those students who want to take their game development to the next level. 

Video Games Design Camp 2017

Check out the 2017 Video Game Design Camps!

June 18 - 23, 2017STEM Video Games Camp (High School Residential Camp)

June 25 - 30, 2017STEM Video Games Camp (Middle School Residential Camp)

July 10 - 14, 2017 - Just for Girls! Video Game Design (Middle School Day Camp)

July 17 - 21, 2017 Minecraft & Video Game Design Camp (Middle School Day Camp)

July 24 - 28, 2017Python and PyGame Video Game Design Camp (Day Camp)

July 30 - August 4, 2017 STEM Video Game Design (High School Residential Camp)

August 7 - 11, 2017 Advanced Video Game Design (Middle-High School - Day Camp)



Ludum Dare 35

Developers from around the world spent the weekend of April 15th 2016 creating games based on a theme suggested by the community. This year's theme was Shapeshift. This is both the longest running and the largest online game jam in the world! NIU's Digital Convergence Lab hosted Ludum Dare and four games were created by members of our Games Club. You can see the games that were created by clicking on the names of the creators.

Robert Kondratowicz

Alex Boyle

Dalton Thompson

James Bonasera

NIU Team members

For more information visit Ludum Dare


Ludum Dare 32

On April 17, 2015 the NIU Digital Convergence Lab hosted a team of students for the game jam Ludum Dare 32 at the Founders Memorial Library. During Ludum Dare, developers from around the world spent a weekend creating games based on a theme suggested by the community. It’s both the longest running, and the largest Online Game Jam in the world. This year's theme was "An unconventional weapon." Seven NIU students spent the weekend developing their games. many development sites live streamed the event (see:

If you like game development or want to join a game jam then check back here at the DCL.

NIU Student Team

Global Game Jam 2016

The Digital Convergence Lab hosted the 2016 Global Game Jam in the northern Illinois region from January 29-31. Participants throughout the world were challenged to design, develop, and, create games based on a single theme before the end of the weekend. This was a great opportunity for participants to explore new technology tools and to be intellectually challenged!

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