DMA SUCCESS STORY: Minecraft Game Design Student Abby L.

By Phill Powell

At Digital Media Academy, we try not to rest on our success. At the end of each DMA camp, course or academy, we ask our students to honestly evaluate us.

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Abby discovered how much fun Minecraft modding is at DMA tech camps at the Univ. of Michigan.

So when we read on one of these end-of-camp surveys that a great camper like game design student Abby L. has awarded us the highest score possible for “overall camp experience,” it can’t help but make our day.

Abby’s a 14-year-old from West Bloomfield, Michigan. She spent the back half of this past June at DMA’s tech camps at University of Michigan, taking DMA’s Academy for Minecraft Modding & Game Development. Here’s what she had to say about our two week game design courses:

THE DMA INTERVIEW: GAME DESIGN STUDENT ABBY L.

You took one of DMA’s game design academies. What did you actually create there?
A modification to the popular game Minecraft, by using eclipse and JavaScript.

How exactly did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
It was a relief to finally be done with it, considering all of the (tedious) editing that went into the project itself.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
It was a lot of fun to experience living on a college campus. Also, the fact that I was working on something that I had a passion for doing. Being able to be around others who share your interests and work with them on a project truly was a great experience.

Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer? How many?
I made a few. I really enjoyed spending time with them as we worked on the projects we were assigned.

Are you using what you learned at DMA, now that you’re back at your regular school?
I was able to get a much better grasp on how Java works in this course, and I will be able to better apply my skills in the computer science course that I’m taking this semester. It taught me better how to handle errors and syntax as well as specific functions related to only Minecraft.

Would you like to come back to a DMA tech camp next summer?
I can easily see myself returning to the DMA camp at some point in the future. I really enjoyed the experience I had there and would love to re-live it, exploring other subjects.

Would you suggest DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
Most definitely. I would love for others to experience what I did at the camp. It’s a great way to hone skills in very specific areas of study, as well as connect with people who share your interests.

Were your parents pleased with your DMA experience?
Yes. They weren’t too familiar with the aspect of Minecraft as a game. However, they were still proud of what I created in the end.

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Her folks couldn’t be more proud of Abby’s weeks at DMA game design academy at the University of Michigan. Here she is with Dad.

WHAT GAME WILL YOU BE PLAYING?

Abby’s “game” happens to be game design, but what about you? This summer, will you be playing “The Waiting Game,” sitting around the house, hoping something happens? Or will it be “Follow the Leader,” as you do whatever your friends are doing?

Why not take matters into your own hands and get a pre-collegiate taste of campus life (like Abby did at DMA’s University of Michigan tech camps), while you learn incredible new tech subjects?

Make it happen at Digital Media Academy summer tech camps, where kids (ages 6-12) and teens (12-17) get deep into the hottest tech subjects going, including how to learn java with minecraft.

But there’s a lot more to DMA than you may realize. At DMA, campers build their personal confidence by mastering exciting new technologies, including cutting-edge topics like 3D printing, virtual reality and wearable tech.

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Special thanks to DMA’s Rachelle Harding for coordinating this interview!