Video games, coding, and all that goes with it was the subject of a tech camp hosted by Sunrise Community Futures last week. The camp ran from Monday to Thursday and was held at Southeast College in Weyburn. The camp, which had 12 teens from Weyburn and the surrounding area, learned about making the games, the business side of video games, and everything in between.

Verna O’Neill is with Sunrise Community Futures. She said the skills learned by the teens during the camp are invaluable.

“Being able to use some of the widely used game making programs that are out there will give these young people a bit of a leg up,” O’Neill explained. She elaborated that while the focus was video games, the skills are transferable, especially in learning coding.

That’s a new language, coding, being able to create some of these apps, games, related types of tools for business.”

Those participating in the camp also had the chance to hear from Jordan Schidlowsky, the man behind Noodlecake Games in Saskatoon. The company has gone from developing a single game for the iPhone to being what O’Neill called the darling of the tech industry in Saskatchewan and Canada.

With the positive feedback from those attending, O’Neill said the chances are very good there will be similar camps in the future.

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