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Northern Illinois University students and community members now have expanded access to casual and competitive video gaming. The new NIU Esports Arena on the main DeKalb campus and planned Esports Cafés at NIU Naperville and NIU Hoffman Estates regional centers, featuring gaming technology donated by Dell, are part of an effort by NIU to expand...
For the campers and their instructors at NIU’s Summer 2016 Video Games Camps, the Pokémon Go craze arrived at the perfect time. A group of 10- to 13-year-olds spent a week at NIU’s Digital Convergence Lab creating Pokémon-like games into a Minecraft – an online video game – world. Campers learned how to use OpenSim,...
Girls interested in creating and playing their own video games can now register for the NIU Digital Convergence Lab’s “Just for Girls!” video game design camp. This day camp for students entering fifth- through ninth-grade will take place on the NIU campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24....
No surprise: Kids love video games. So what would happen if teachers delivered some of their lessons through video games? And not just any games, but the wildly popular Minecraft? Plenty of children will find out this fall, thanks for a one-credit “SMASH-UP!” course offered by NIU this summer. Teachers who enroll will spend a...
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Instead of tuning out this summer, video game players can tune into creating games by learning computer science, graphics, animation and logic. NIU’s Digital Convergence Lab is offering summer day camps in video game design beginning Monday, June 22, and continuing through mid-August at Founders Memorial Library on the NIU campus. Designed for boys and...
Brianno Coller
Brianno Coller, a newly named Presidential Teaching Professor, will speak Wednesday, April 30, on “Learning While Playing Video Games.” The talk is planned from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the Holmes Student Center. For the past few years, NIU engineering students have been learning complex mathematical and physical concepts while playing...
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Ever thought about creating your own video game? NIU’s new student club, the Game Developer Club, will offer everyone from master game designers to coding noobs the chance to play, explore, and create video games. Students are welcome to attend the club’s inaugural meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Digital Convergence Lab,...
Video games are becoming increasingly popular with girls and women. According to the Entertainment Software Association, “Forty-two percent of all players are women, and women over 18 years of age are one of the industry’s fastest growing demographics.” With such a high ratio of female players, one would expect more and more women to pursue...
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Whether your child wants to be a saxophonist, a scientist or soccer star, NIU has something for every young learner. This summer, NIU is offering more summer camps than ever before to help kids learn new things and explore exciting career paths. Day camps and residential camps are available from June to August for students...
The Digital Convergence Lab hosts game development classes and camps for junior high and high school students throughout the year.
From “Donkey Kong” to “Call of Duty,” video games have captured the imagination of generations of players, but what really goes into making Mario or a squadron of Modern Warfare soldiers come to life on your screen? This spring, teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to NIU’s Digital Convergence Lab to find out. The...
The Digital Convergence Lab and a team of NIU students, faculty and staff are preparing to unveil their newly developed video game, Picodroid. The game, developed for NIU STEM Outreach, was designed to teach basic concepts in chemistry and physics to middle and high school students. A by-invitation-only demonstration will be held today on campus....
The Digital Convergence Lab at Northern Illinois University is offering a Saturday Game Development Lab open to students ages 11 to 18 who are interested in animation, computers, 3D virtual worlds or video games. The program lasts seven weeks with one meeting per week, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Digital Convergence...
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