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VR and Video Game Design – S3 & S4 WAITLIST

Come Game Jam with us and make your ideas come to life, and share with your friends!

If you play games, chances are you've thought about creating them yourself. So come in and create a game from scratch using industry-standard tools and see if you like it! There are careers in art, programming, design, and business in the video game industry, which is bigger than the music, sports, or movie industry and is currently seeing huge growth in sales as entertainment focuses on esports and home entertainment.

By the end of this course, you will have created a virtual reality game as a portfolio piece for your future college applications and get feedback on your search. If you have a portfolio already, awesome! if you're just getting started and are thinking "OMG where do I even start?," that's ok, we can help get you on the right track. Whether it's finding opportunities at video game companies that are looking for play-testers or making a series of game prototypes, let's figure it out together!

In this course, students will be able to:

  • Produce a video game prototype
  • Analyze a video game and understand terminology applied in the gaming world
  • Explain a list of general functions and elements which make up a video game
  • Achieve familiarity with the principles, terminology, procedures, and practices of game design and production
  • Provide peer assessments and constructive feedback to fellow students
  • Design the game mechanics for a video game
  • Design and map level progression for a video game

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

Sessions Offered

Session 3: July 24 - July 30

Session 4: July 31 - August 6

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Did you know that Flappy Bird was made in a couple of days? There are games that are beautiful, games that are fun, and games that make you want to scream. Our job is to enable you to develop your own "Work of Game" and focus on something you would want to play yourself.
  • The game industry is huge! We find out what companies and career paths exist in the industry by investigating portfolios from developers of Halo, Assassins Creed, and Call of Duty. We also take a look at portfolios from students graduating with a 4-year degree, so that you can find a benchmark for "what you'll need to be able to learn"
  • You can't make something if you don't understand it! Part of a Game Designer's job is to examine games critically, so we will play some short web games and analyze their content.

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

Meet the Professor


 

Professor Kenneth Thompson

Ken worked in the game industry for eight years as a Game Designer and Lead Designer before coming to the University of Connecticut. His responsibilities included directing game projects from start to finish, programming unique scenarios using game development tools, and working with publishers such as SEGA, Electronic Arts, and Activision. He has worked with Blockbuster franchises such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Madagascar, Shrek, and over a dozen others. His work in the video game industry has received Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for best video game, Indie Game of the Year, and Innovation Awards from industry publications. He now works on serious and entertainment games with grants through the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and The National Institute of Health.

 

Ken Thompson’s Faculty Page: https://dmd.uconn.edu/person/kenneth-thompson/

And website: http://gamedevprofessor.com/

 

Professor Thompson

Sports Medicine – WAITLIST

Injuries and Illnesses in Sport and Exercise

This course will feature a curriculum of evidence-based prevention, recognition, and treatment of the Nation’s leading emergency issues in sports, military, and occupational settings. Each session includes interactive presentations disseminated by the experienced staff at the Korey Stringer Institute, as well as, hands on learning labs simulating the emergency treatment of life threatening ailments. Participants will learn imperative knowledge in the understanding of today’s leading causes of death in sport and physical activity, including essential firsthand skills in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of these emergent injuries and illnesses.

This course will provide an overview of medical aspects surrounding sport and physical activity. Students will gain an understanding of the cause, ways to prevent, and first aid care of various illnesses and injuries associated with sport and physical activity.

UConn PCS: Sports Medicine

Sessions Offered

Session 3: July 24 – July 30

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

A broad range of emergent topics will be covered during the sessions, listed below. Students will gain a basic understanding of background information of the ailment, as well as, hands on learning of skills for treatment.

  • Cardiovascular events
  • Exertional heat illnesses
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • and other significant contributors to sudden death

UConn PCS: Sports Medicine

UConn PCS: Sports Medicine

UConn PCS: Sports Medicine

Learn more about the Korey Stringer Institute


 

The UConn Pre-College Summer Sports Medicine course will be taught by professionals from the Korey Stringer Institute. In August 2001, Korey Stringer, a Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman, passed away from exertional heat stroke. During Korey’s five-year tenure in the NFL he earned pro-bowl honors. Since the time of Korey’s death, his wife, Kelci, worked tirelessly to develop an exertional heat stroke prevention institute to honor her husband’s legacy. To that end, she joined forces with exertional heat stroke expert Douglas Casa, Ph.D, ATC at the University of Connecticut to make this dream a reality and the institute came to fruition in April 2010.

The Korey Stringer Institute is housed at the University of Connecticut. The Department of Kinesiology faculty are renowned for their research and expertise in the areas of heat and hydration, injury prevention, and strength and conditioning.

To learn more about the Korey Stringer Institute staff please see their bios HERE.

Pre-Vet: Marine Animal Health and Veterinary Science – WAITLIST S2 & S3

Immerse yourself in the marine world and explore your passions for veterinary science, animal care, animal training and research.

The Pre-Vet: Marine Animal Health and Veterinary Science course will be hosted at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT where students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the marine world. Throughout this course students will be interacting with aquarium research scientists, veterinarians, animal trainers and animal rescue professionals to understand the science behind their work. Students will gain knowledge and experience through labs and activities focused on animals at Mystic Aquarium including penguins, seals, reptiles and fishes.

Through this course students will participate in labs, tours and activities that will increase their scientific literacy in genetics, hematology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology. Students will learn about careers and education/career pathways directly from working professionals to understand if animal health and veterinary science is a desirable education and career path. Journal discussions will develop students’ skills in reading and analysis of primary scientific literature.

The course involves off-site visits to Mystic Aquarium and the UConn, Avery Point Campus. Supervised transportation is provided by the program and is included in the course cost and fees. Parents/guardians and students will be required to submit Mystic Aquarium participation forms prior to attending this course.

Sessions Offered

Session 2: July 17 – July 23 WAITLIST

Session 3: July 24 – July 30 WAITLIST

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

Related Courses

Marine Biology

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Learn about a wide variety of careers in animal health and veterinary science, from professionals in all stages of their careers.
  • Participate in lab programs focused on hematology, microbiology, molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, and learn how each is utilized to analyze an animal’s health.
  • Observe feeding and training sessions with beluga whales, penguins and sea lions, and have the opportunity to learn from and ask questions of their animal care teams.
    • Please note: students will not have direct encounters with marine mammals.
  • Visit behind-the-scenes areas to view animal care, research and veterinary staff at work. This will include a visit to the animal rescue clinic to understand the veterinary care of both animals at the aquarium temporarily for rehabilitation as well as animals permanently in our care.
  • Explore current topics in marine mammal research during journal article discussions.

UConn PCS: Pre-Vet

UConn PCS: Pre-Vet

UConn PCS: Pre-Vet

Meet the Professor


 

UConn PCS: Maureen DriscollMaureen Driscoll, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Residence of Marine Sciences

Dr. Driscoll is a research scientist at Mystic Aquarium where she has worked for the last 6 years conducting research to assess the health of marine animals. Her two primary areas of focus are 1) developing methods to measure hormones and other biomarkers in alternative matrices such as feces, saliva, respiratory blow, and feathers; and 2) documenting the microbiomes of marine animals to see how bacterial communities contribute to their overall health. Her projects have focused on beluga whales, African penguins, seals, walruses, and amphibians. Dr. Driscoll received her B.S. in Biology from Salem State University, Salem MA and was awarded a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology with a concentration in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island. She is also an Assistant-Professor-in-Residence at UConn, where she lectures for several Marine Biology courses. This is her forth summer teaching the Pre-vet course.

Maureen Driscoll, PhD, (https://marinesciences.uconn.edu/person/maureen-driscoll/) Research Fellow, Assistant Professor in Residence of UConn Marine Sciences.

Leadership Style and Skill Development – WAITLIST

Effective leaders inspire, motivate, have great ideas, are creative problem solvers and support their team! Join us for a week designed to develop these skills to help you advance in school, in college, and beyond!

Leadership styles are reflective of your personality, your experience, and what goals you are trying to achieve. There are introverted and extroverted leaders. There are people who lead from the spotlight and those who conquer issues without seeking recognition . Together, we are going to discover the variety of leadership styles you are most suited for, develop your team work skills, share ideas, learn from each other, and have a great time.

At the end of this course you will be able to identify different leadership approaches and how each benefits a shared goal. You will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a leader and how to best interact with others in group. Most of all, you are going to have an amazing time learning about yourself and others!

Sessions Offered

Session 3: July 24 – July 30

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

Related Courses

TBD

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Group work and individual reflection
  • Low stakes public speaking and intrapersonal communication activities
  • Leadership simulations
  • Soft and hard skill development activities

UConn PCS: Leadership

UConn PCS: Leadership

UConn PCS: Leadership

Meet the Professor


 

Dr. Diamond is the Director of Faculty Outreach and Engagement at UConn and a professor in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson & Wales University. She is the author of the Adaptive Military Transition Theory and supports military affiliated students in higher education.

UConn PCS: Aynsley Diamond

Chemistry – WAITLIST

Chemistry: The Science of Balancing Equations

Everyone tells you that STEM education is important and that being a scientist, engineer or doctor is an excellent career path. Most people know Engineers build stuff and doctors heal people but what do scientists (specifically chemists) do? We’ll use each session to carry out fun hands on experiments that show different career paths open to chemists or other basic science majors.

There are hundreds of career paths you can follow as a science major. Helping sick people is a noble profession but it isn't for everyone. When you finish the course we hope you will have a better idea of some of the professions that STEM classes can prepare you for.

Sessions Offered

Session 3: July 24 - July 30

Format

On Campus, In Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Pharmaceuticals: Aspirin synthesis
    • Chemists do drug synthesis
  • Natural products and pigments: Ultramarine- making one of the most expensive paints
    • Chemists make all of your favorite colors
  • Metallurgy: The golden penny experiment
    • Chemists use metals for all sorts of things
  • Innovative materials: Superconductor synthesis and things that glow
    • Chemists developed all of your LEDs and OLED screens.
  • Cosmetics: The chemistry of scents
    • Chemists were involved if it smelled good or was a pretty color. Chemists also make lots of things that look like mud and smell bad.
  • Food: Molecular gastronomy and artificial flavors in food.
    • Chemists had something to do with all those ingredients on a food package that you can’t pronounce.

UConn PCS Chemistry

Chemistry Course

Chemistry Course

Meet the Professor


 

Image of Clyde CadyClyde Cady, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Cady received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota where he was introduced to bioinorganic chemistry, the chemistry of the elements as pertaining to life events. He moved to Connecticut for his Ph.D. at Yale University where he studied photosynthesis. After postdoctoral studies at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Rutgers University he started teaching general and inorganic chemistry at UConn. His special interests are directed toward introducing pre-college students to the thrills of experimental chemistry.

Earth and Environmental Sciences – WAITLIST

The Earth, The Environment, and You

This summer experience program focused on Earth and Environmental Science, high school students will explore the field via a course bridging camp and college-level study. Brought to you by UConn Department of Earth Sciences Faculty, Dr. Ouimet and Dr. Hren, students will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with field researchers and experts.

Geoscientists study all aspects of the Earth, including its history, structure, rocks, soils, rivers, oceans and atmosphere. The UConn Environmental Science pre-college summer course will introduce this wide-ranging discipline and discuss how earth and environmental scientists play a crucial role in understanding and making predictions about a diverse range of earth resources, processes and hazards, from mineral deposits to earthquakes to floods and climate change. Why is this important? Earth’s ecology is closely linked to sustainability and environmental science is key to this pursuit.

This Earth and Environmental summer course for high school students will integrate:

  • lectures and dynamic learning modules on background geoscience material
  • field and lab demonstrations
  • collection and analysis of rock, soil and water samples
  • guest visits from Geoscience faculty across the wide range topics in the discipline

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Earth and Environmental Sciences program will provide students with a scholarship which will enable students to participate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences course at no cost. Please visit the Scholarships & External Funding page for details on eligibility and more.

Sessions Offered

Session 3: July 24 – July 30

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • The many aspects of Geological & Environmental Science and the diverse methods and approaches Geoscientists used to study the Earth and Environment.
  • How to analyze the mineralogy and environmental geochemistry of rocks, soil, water and sediments.
  • How to understand and interpret the geologic history of Connecticut.

Environmental science summer high school students studying and researching with instructor in a field experience during pre-college summer course

High school students listening to pre-college summer course researcher and teacher explain environmental science findings at a wetland to ensure sustainability

Environmental science high school camp students in exploratory forestry class watching faculty lecturer explain ecology of water and land resources

Meet the Professors


 

UConn Environmental Science Pre-College Summer Program Instructor: Dr. William OuimetWilliam Ouimet, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Geosciences

Dr. Ouimet (Will) is an Associate Professor of Geosciences at UConn. He loves working with students outdoors and on field trips, and it’s one of the reasons he became a Geologist. His research and teaching involves the study of erosion, rivers, landslides and environmental change around the world, as well as the influence of human activities. He works in the field, where he collects samples and maps out geological features, in the lab, where he analyzes rocks, water, soil and sediment, and on the computer, where he explores remote sensing datasets of the earth and uses models to simulate how landscapes change through time. His research has taken him all over world, from the Colorado Rockies, to Greece, Tibet, Taiwan, and the Bahamas. It has also allowed him to appreciate and explore the geology underfoot and processes at play here in southern New England, right where he grew up.


UConn Environmental Science Pre-College Summer Program Instructor: Dr. Michael HrenMichael Hren, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Geosciences

Dr. Hren (Mike) is also an Associate Professor of Geosciences at UConn. His research and teaching is focused on understanding how Earth’s climate, ecosystems, and environment evolve over time and how Earth’s history informs its future. His work takes him to mountain ranges around the globe, from the high peaks of Patagonia to the mountains of Tibet to the Sierra Nevada of California, where he and his students collect sediment, rocks, soils and water to bring back to UConn for analysis. He is the director of the Stable Isotope and Organic Molecular Biogeochemistry laboratory, and when not traveling for research, can be found working in the laboratory with students and colleagues from UConn and visitors from around the world analyzing modern and ancient plants, sediments and even an occasional woolly mammoth, to understand Earth and life through time.

STARTALK: Korean Culture and Language Immersion

Learn Korean using the means of gaming and storytelling on an intermediate level

This course is being offered in partnership with the STARTALK program and is offered to students who have a basic knowledge of the Korean language skill. Students will create a game design template, develop their own story-worlds, avatars, and game rules even as they explore the styles and roles of gaming and storytelling in Korean culture. The course aims to understand traditional Korean cultures and to communicate in Korean their heritage background as well as their own identity as a young adult. Students will be able to recognize different genre of literatures and to use that knowledge for creating their own story telling and building a new game in Korean.

Eun-ju Shin

The Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department at the University of Connecticut has received a STARTALK grant - Chinese and Korean Culture and Language Immersion through Gaming and Storytelling. STARTALK is a federally funded program whose mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. This UConn Pre-College Summer course is the second module of the larger STARTALK program. Interested students are required to submit an application through UConn's Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department by December 31, 2021. Only after accepting and committing to the STARTALK program, may those eligible students enroll in this course. For questions regarding the the STARTALK program please see contact information here.

Sessions Offered

Session 3: July 24 – July 30
Session 4: July 31 - August 6

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

STARTALK: Chinese

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Understanding of their heritage identity and new identity
  • Learn about different genres of literature
  • Experience various games such as word game, board game, and computer game, etc. and design a proposal for creating a new game
  • Explore Korean culture such as making food, dancing with K-Pop and sports, etc.
  • Experience Korean cultures through fields trips

Meet the Professor


 

Eun-Ju Shin has been teaching Korean from Elementary to Advanced level in the College setting and has nine years of teaching experience in a Korean heritage school. Also, she had a Korean teaching certificate and taught for two years in a high school in Korea.

Eun-Ju Shin

STARTALK: Chinese Culture and Language Immersion

Chinese Culture and Language Immersion Through Gaming and Storytelling

This course is being offered in partnership with the STARTALK program and is offered to students who have a basic knowledge of the Chinese language skill. Students will create a game design template, develop their own story-worlds, avatars, and game rules even as they explore the styles and roles of gaming and storytelling in Chinese culture. The course aims to understand traditional Chinese cultures and to communicate in Chinese their heritage background as well as their own identity as a young adult. Students will be able to recognize different genre of literatures and to use that knowledge for creating their own story telling and building a new game in Chinese.

Student in Chinese class

The Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department at the University of Connecticut has received a STARTALK grant - Chinese and Korean Culture and Language Immersion through Gaming and Storytelling. STARTALK is a federally funded program whose mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. This UConn Pre-College Summer course is the second module of the larger STARTALK program. Interested students are required to submit an application through UConn's Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department by December 31, 2021. Only after accepting and committing to the STARTALK program, may those eligible students enroll in this course. For questions regarding the the STARTALK program please see contact information here.

Sessions Offered

Session 3: July 24 – July 30
Session 4: July 31 - August 6

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

STARTALK: Korean

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Students will learn how to discuss the identity issue in today's world;
  • Students will learn about the impact of social media and gaming on everyone;
  • Students will create a game design template, develop their own story-worlds, avatars, and game rules even as they explore the styles and roles of gaming and storytelling in Chinese culture.

Meet the Professor


 

Chunsheng George YANG (杨春生)
Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages
University of Connecticut

EDUCATION

2011 Ph.D. in Chinese linguistics, The Ohio State University
2009 M. A. in Chinese linguistics, The Ohio State University
2005 M. A. in English linguistics, Ningbo University
2000 B. A. in English languages and literatures, The University of Science and Technology of China, China

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The acquisition of second language prosody, including tones, intonation, stress, and rhythm; Second language pronunciation teaching and research; Language learning and technology; Chinese pedagogy

Professor Chunsheng Yang