We are in our last two weeks before our 2015 camps begin and they have been filling out fast; as such we are offering a $100 off discount for our 2-week sessions so that even late students can register to our summer camp. Use LASTCHANCE coupon code during the registration process to get a $100 discount (Offer expires 5/28/2015).
If you were not informed, our camp locations are now set for 2015:
Lastly, we will be at the Boulder Creek Festival and the Denver Comic Con from May 23rd to 25th, 2015 where we will give everyone the opportunity to try out the virtual reality headset OculusVR and we will also make a demonstration on how to build a video game. Come and join us so we can discuss about the benefits of video game development and STEM.
Hey everyone, we are proud to present to you the games that won our last summer camp awards. During our camps last year we were absolutely blown away by the games our students planned, designed and made. Each team was rewarded with a Junior Developer Certificate; however, the best games were awarded in each category: Most Creative, Best Animation, Technical Excellence and Best Overall Game.
In only two weeks, kids learned enough to take matter into their own hand, and instead of just passively consuming video games, they were able to pour their imagination into their very own creation. At that age, it may appear heavy to assimilate new notions and knowledge in order to build video games, but thanks to our daily schedule alternating programming lessons with free play time, outdoor activities and field trips, kids are better at focusing for a period of time on building their game.
Last year, five teams won an award according to their most developed components. Engineer Odyssey, by Elder Moon Games team was awarded Best Overall game because of their skilled use of Unity3D to create a world invaded by skeletons and epic fights. F_O_G, by Team Bleu Productions surprised us with a puzzle game and were rewarded with the Most Creative Award. The Quelsa team, winners of Technical Excellence, made their dream come true with Robot Revolution, a first person shooter in which players have to put an end to robots’ riots. SOS by Girl Scouts Studios was chosen as co-owner of the Most Creative game award because of its unique world, as a military players have to find a way to evade murdering whales and get to the radio communications. And finally, Dat Cookie Doh! team won Best Animation thanks to their amazing work on Zombie Warfare.
During the presentation at the end of the camps, parents, families and friends were impressed by the quality and the depth of each virtual and interactive worlds our students made. And because our students went back home with their video games and continue working on it, we were pleasantly surprised to hear back from one of our team who managed to get money out of their game. It is part of the reason why we have introduced an Advanced session where we will help kids learn even more about game design so that they can complete a game and have it selected as an actual application to be downloaded officially from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.
Try the games out over here
We started doing community outreaches again this year where our main goal is to get kids excited about science through one of their main interests: video games. We are pursuing our mission to help the community by showing kids at schools or during coding events how much designing a game can be fun. Our 20-year industry expert and camp director, Christopher Williamson, typically takes up to an hour to make a live interactive demo building a video game with students’ input using Unity3D and provide both an entertaining and inspiring experience as well as share what STEM/STEAM skills are really necessary to build the video games they already enjoy playing.
We first had an engaging demonstration at Monarch K-8 in Louisville, where we met with school graders to participate in building live a video game. The feedback we get from these events is incredible, it motivates us to do more for kids in our community. Teachers tell us how much kids liked our presentation and realized their passion for video games can be turned into something useful in the future. Ultimately, it seems important to us that we share the knowledge we put together throughout our 15-year presence in the industry as DreamQuest Games and empower tomorrow’s designers.
The locations for our camp sessions are now known, for:
Lafayette/Louisville sessions will be held at Confluence SBC in Lafayette.
Boulder/Longmont camps will take place at Temple Grandin School in Boulder.
Denver/Centennial sessions are to be at Denver Tech Center.
Register now and get a $100 off a 2-week camp session using VIPTHANKS coupon code before May 17th.
We are hiring interns for 2015 summer camps. Last year, we were impressed by the quality of instructors we had and we will offer kids the same quality of teaching. One of our intern last year just became a lead instructor for this summer’s sessions, so there are opportunities for anyone wanting to join our team of passionate instructors.
Why would I want to intern with DreamQuest Academy?
Because interning with us will be fun, profitable and can be a great stepping stone to your career in the video game industry! DreamQuest Games has been in business for almost 15 years and is a local leader in the video game industry. You will have fun working with our experienced designers, developers, and artists, and most of all, the kids! You will get to work with kids to help create their game design, art and sound assets, and programming, and learn the ins and outs of game design and Unity3D, modeling, animation, and C# programming in the process. The kids’ creativity and passion for games will energize you and give you an immediate way to contribute to a game project. We pay our interns in skills, free food, fun, and hard cash.
What is required to intern with DreamQuest?
You must be at least 18 years old as of June 1, 2015, have solid computer skills, be comfortable working with kids aged 8-16, and have some skill to help them create their game (Unity3D, art, design, 3D modeling, rigging, animation, sound, QA/testing, C# programming, and/or video production).
Are DreamQuest’s internships paid?
Mostly, yes. We struggled with how to deal with the risk we take and time to train you in our tools and Unity3D but still manage our costs and make sure you are committed to working with us. The first camp of ours you work (10 days) you will be an unpaid intern while you undergo training. After those 10 days, you will be paid for the remainder of your time working with us. Your pay rate will be determined during your training period based on your previous experience, performance during training, and how good a fit we see with your skills and would be between $8 and $12/hour. Keep in mind this is just a starting rate, if you continue to work with us, we give regular pay increases and bonuses pursuant to your contribution to the team.
Do you make exceptions for experienced staff?
Sometimes, yes. If you are coming in with extensive industry experience and especially if you already know our tools (Unity3D, Adobe toolset, and Git/Hg revision control) very well and would not require much training, we might make an exception for you. Notate this experience when you fill out the application and elaborate on this in the ‘why we should hire you’ question and we can discuss this one on one.
How do I apply to be an intern?
Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and complete our Intern Application (https://dreamquest.org/camps/volunteer). Please submit your application ASAP as we only have a few spots every summer for interns, and they usually fill up quickly.
How quickly do you decide?
We will review your application and get back to you within a week and proceed to schedule a phone interview if we see a fit.