DMA SUCCESS STORY: Future Game Designer & Animator Kayla Orloff

By Phill Powell

Kayla Orloff explored tech from twin perspectives at DMA this past summer. And she got to do it on a great college campus, too!

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Minecraft modder Kayla is 13 years old and lives in Bellingham, Wash.

She attended our UBC tech camps, in gorgeous Vancouver, B.C., during late July.

In her first class, she tackled game design by taking one of DMA’s Minecraft modding camps.

The following week, Kayla studied animation at one of our Maya animation camps.

As you can tell from her interview responses, she’s still super-psyched about the tech training she received at Digital Media Academy.

The only thing that delights us more than Kayla awarding DMA the highest score possible on overall camp experience on an end-of-camp survey is the fact that she’s planning to come see us again this coming summer!

Here’s more from Kayla:

THE DMA INTERVIEW: KAYLA ORLOFF

What did you actually create at DMA tech camp?
I attended two DMA camps last summer: Minecraft Modding and 3D Modeling with Maya. For modding class, I created an original Minecraft mod, which puts a new spin on the game. For Maya camp, I made a 3D scene of a sea creature in an aquarium.

How exactly did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
Before my first class at DMA last summer, I didn’t think I would ever be able to make my own Minecraft mod or create a whole 3D scene using Maya. I knew nothing about how to do these things and my expectations for myself were low. However, by the end of each week, I learned these new skills and how to do them well. I was very proud of how much I was able to improve within one week, and I hope to do it again in the future.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
Working on the final projects. I loved applying everything I learned in one project that I could show my family.

Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer?
Attending DMA was a huge opportunity for me to make new friends. We had plenty of time for lunch and breaks, so we had time to socialize. I made about two to four friends at DMA last summer.

Are you using what you learned at DMA now that you’re back at your regular school?
The skills I learned are beyond a middle-school technology curriculum, but I do use some of the knowledge for presentations. I also showcase the modding skills on my personal YouTube channel!

Would you like to come back to a DMA tech camp next summer?
Absolutely! I had an excellent time last year, and I can’t wait to come back this year!

Would you suggest DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
Yes, I think that this is the perfect camp for anyone who wants to try any kind of computer programming or animation.

Were your parents pleased with your DMA experience?
Yes, when my parents saw my final projects, they were so proud of me and that made me happy.

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GIRL GAMERS, UNITE!

If you’re a girl who’s into tech, this is your summer to shine. Come spend a week or two at one of Digital Media Academy’s summer tech camp locations across the U.S. and Canada.

That’s where young girls (ages 6-12) and teen girls (12-17) discover themselves and their talents by tackling today’s hottest tech subjects – everything from wearable tech and fashion design to graphic design and photography to filmmaking and music production.

DMA believes passionately in this cause, which is why Made by Girls was created. It’s our push to help girls find tech and discover how learning STEM subjects can be as fun as it is intellectually rewarding. We even offer Made by Girls classes that are led by inspiring female teachers and TAs and geared with girl learners in mind.

Summer is just months away, and time is a fleeting thing. Make the most of your precious vacation by doing something that’s as fun as it is rewarding. Spend the best part of your summer at DMA.

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

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