DMA SUCCESS STORY: Game Designer & Filmmaker Anika Srivastava

By Phill Powell

Some of our students just can’t get enough of DMA’s hands-on approach to tech education. They come back to see us, year after year. Often, they take multiple courses, camps or academies during those summers. Our latest DMA Success Story, Anika Srivastava, is just such a student.

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On an end-of-camp survey, she awarded DMA the highest score possible for “overall camp experience.” Thanks, Anika!

A focused and energetic 13-year-old from Santa Clara, Calif., Anika has several creative interests. She first attended DMA in 2014, learning about robotics.

Then, this past summer, her passions for game design and filmmaking led her to spend two weeks at our tech camps at Santa Clara University and another week at Stanford.

ANIKA’S BIG DMA SUMMER

During her first week, she took our introductory game programming with Python course, getting a strong foundation in game-programming basics.

The following week, Anika took mobile game programming, which got her working with great development languages like C# and Unity.

Then, after taking July off, she came back to us, this time attending our flagship tech camps at Stanford University.

This time, though, Anika took off in another creative direction, taking one of our beginning filmmaking courses.

But let’s let her tell it:

THE DMA INTERVIEW: Anika Srivastava

Anika, you’ve taken several DMA camps and courses. What all have you created at DMA?
I’ve been attending DMA for two years and I’ve done a variety of activities. I created a two-minute film in filmmaking, created a simple maze game with GameSalad, programmed robots with LEGO robotics, and attended several classes on programming (including Unity, JavaScript and Python).

How exactly did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
Every time I finished a final project, I felt proud of myself and proud that I created these things. It made me feel excited that I could do things that not every child got to do in everyday life.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
That I got to meet people my age from different cities, different states and even different countries. While discovering interesting things in class, I learned interesting things outside of class about the people around me.

Cool! Anything else you really liked?
Also the ice cream machine. I loved the ice cream machine.

Very cool. Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer?
I made a few good friends while attending DMA that I’m still in touch with right now. I made five good close friends and everyone was very friendly.

A lot of the things I learned at DMA can help me in school to more thoroughly understand subjects.
– DMA Game Design and Filmmaking Student Anika Srivastava

Would you like to return to DMA?
I would definitely like to come back to a DMA camp next summer. There’s so much here to learn that I would have never even slightly covered in school!

Would you suggest DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
Some of my close friends have attended DMA and to the remaining ones, I would definitely suggest they come here and learn new things.

Are you using what you learned at DMA, now that you’re back at your regular school?
A lot of the things I learned at DMA can help me in school to more thoroughly understand subjects. For instance, my 8th grade graduating class is considering designing a YouTube channel and filming short skits. I, having taken the filmmaking class, am more experienced in areas like filming and editing.

Were your parents pleased with your DMA experience?
My parents were very happy with the results of DMA and my final projects. They were well satisfied with my experience with the classes and with the kids.

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Person with many tech interests: DMA Success Story Anika Srivastava.

LAST 2 DAYS TO SAVE!

You’ve still got two days to save big on DMA tech camp tuition. DMA Winter Savings are still in effect through Feb. 18th and this is your last chance for discounts on our 2016 summer camps, which are filling up especially quickly this year.

Register for any DMA camp, course or academy and receive $75 off the tuition. Have a teen like Anika who wants to take multiple weeks of DMA camp? Great! Register today or tomorrow and you can get $75 each course.

Outstanding young people like Anika keep coming back to Digital Media Academy, season after season. Find out why for yourself this summer!

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