In all of our years of working with summer programs, after-school tech, curriculum development, IT, and anything else you can imagine - we've found one thing to be true: Kids love video games. It's understandable. Video games are made so that they are enjoyable. What we do is show kids that there is a deeper level of enjoyment than consuming the ideas or products of someone else. Making your own games is the ultimate fun!
What they don't know is that the skills it takes to make their own games are real-world careers! Coding, programming, 3D modeling, animating (just to name a few) are ever-growing STEM fields that are fundamental in game design.
Not only do we teach them these skills, but as they really learn to master designing their own games they are able to explore tons of new topics and ideas. A student making a simulation for marine life is going to remember much more than the one reading about it!
Our program works with schools, too. Contact us about bringing STEM Forged into your school.
And now that we're at the bottom of the page I can start telling you all the nonsense that won't go anywhere else on the page. For example, Nik and Cole both hate the color orange - which is funny because we all went to Boise State. So when we were deciding on the branding Grant really liked the idea of using orange to represent the heated metal that is worked on in a forge. So now we have LOTS of orange all over the website. Grant also has been adamant for years that he has no favorite color, but if we look at all of the evidence, it's pretty clearly orange.