DMA Success Story: Four-time DMA Student Mark Poveda

By Phill Powell

You could say that Mark Poveda is really into games and programming. The 13-year-old from Grapevine, Texas, has attended DMA game design tech camps for four consecutive years!

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Mark’s like a boomerang; he keeps returning to DMA each summer!

Mark’s attended our fantastic Austin location. In 2012, he took our kids’ LEGO EV3 programming and robotics camp.

He liked it so much he returned the next year, when he learned how to mod with Minecraft.

In 2014, Mark attended our beginning programming course.

And last year, he took DMA’s Python game programming course.

Here’s what Mark had to say about his tech-camp experience at DMA:

THE DMA INTERVIEW: FOUR-TIME RETURNING DMA STUDENT MARK POVEDA

What did you actually make at DMA tech camp last summer?
Using Python, we created an idle game. It had multiple tiers and upgrades.

How exactly did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
Great, since it was difficult to complete the project in a working state.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
I liked the classes, because I learned a lot. It gave me insight into some of the problems that occur when coding.

What do you eventually want to do or be?
I want to become a programmer.

What’s your favorite game system?
Xbox One.

And what are your three favorite all-time video games?
Halo 5, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas, Overwatch.

Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer?
Yes, two or three. They were in my classes, and I got to know them better throughout the breaks.

Are you using what you learned at DMA back at your regular school?
I will use Python at school when I’m older, since it’s not offered in my middle school.

Would you like to return to a DMA tech camp next summer?
Yes, I would like to come back.

Would you recommend DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
I would suggest DMA to anyone who would be remotely interested.

Were your parents satisfied with your DMA experience?
My parents were very pleased with DMA. They allowed me to return to programming camp in Austin three more summers after the first LEGO robotics camp that I took in 2012.

So far, which DMA course has been your favorite to take?
My favorite was Game programming with Python in Summer 2015. However, I also really enjoyed the LEGO Robotics course I took.

Of all your DMA courses, which is the thing you’ve most enjoyed learning to make?
Our own game, at the end of Game Programming with Python.

DMA ROCKS TECH!

No matter what kind of tech a kid (age 6-12) or a teen (12-17) is into, DMA has all the bases covered!

DMA tech camps put imagination into motion. There’s still time to register for our biggest summer season yet in Austin. Come be a part of the fun and discovery. It’s a learning experience that you’ll never forget!