Pixels, Programming, Play & Pedagogy (P4Games) is a project which explores the creation of interactive videogames as a holistic, project-based teaching method in high schools. The creation of videogames requires the integration of visual arts (pixels), computer programming (programming), and game design (play). P4Games has two primary activities: The first is to "teach the teachers" through the Teacher Game Institute (TGI); and the second is to teach videogame creation skills directly to high school students during residential summer camps. The project aims to increase student interest in art, design, math, and technology. P4Games enjoys generous support from the National Science Foundation and the University of Denver. Watch the P4Games Video.

9th and 10th graders:
To learn how to create video games, click Summer Gamecamp 2009

To learn how to teach Game Development at your high school, click Teacher Game Institute

Colette's Story

I have always been interested in technology and video games. I was even thinking of getting a career in games, so when I heard that there was an opportunity to learn how to make them, I totally took it. At camp, I learned the three core fundamentals of games: design, art, and programming, which I soon learned were all hard work. But the fun part was always well worth all the work. While most of my days were spent trying hard to figure out why my game had suddenly crashed (stupid curly brace!) most of my nights were spent Dancing DDR and rocking out to Guitar hero II. And nothing tops that awesome feeling you get at 11 o'clock at night on the last day when you have finally put the finishing touches on your game, and you realize that you have just made your very *own* video game and therefore...you rule.

Drew's Story

Previous to DU's game camp, I wasn't at all interested in pursuing computer technology and its related subjects, science and math. During the camp, though, I found a joy in the creativity and freedom that computer programming presented, while utilizing all of my knowledge in math. It has thus inspired me to study math in more depth, as I am taking two high level math classes right now, and has influenced my plans for future education.

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