Teen Tech Camps

A Behind-The-Scenes Look at How Video Games Work

Student with Oculus Rift

You’ve played video games like Minecraft, Call of Duty or Half-Life and have probably wondered how the programmers put together the games you enjoy. Here’s your chance to find out the secrets! This summer, Western Piedmont Community College’s Simulation and Game Development (SGD) and Digital Effects and Animation (DEAT) programs are presenting two camps for middle and high school students that will give a peek behind the scenes of how a video game is developed and programmed.


3D and Virtual Reality!

The camps will provide the opportunity for you to explore hand-on 3D and Virtual Reality through activities using the Oculus Rift and other technologies used in the creation of these new worlds. The camps feature state-of-the-art computers and equipment and give you the chance to try your hand with these new technologies that will soon revolutionize the gaming world. In addition, you will have the chance to meet other gamers from the area who share your interests and work together developing some really cool projects.


I Have To Be A Computer Geek To Attend, Right?

Photo of GIrls at Teen Tech Camp

Absolutely not! There are no requirements that you have knowledge other than basic computer operations to participate in the camps.


Camp Information

NOTE: We encourage you to enroll in both camps for the best experience!

Digital Animation Camp

Foothills Higher Education Center, Morganton, NC
Class meets June 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 and July 1
12:00-5:00 p.m. each day
COST: $150
Section Number (needed to register for the camp): 47853

The Digital Animation camp will introduce the use of Adobe Photoshop in creating graphics; an introduction to 3D modeling; freehand modeling; lights, textures, and rendering; and animation tools and principles. These are the tools that develop the pieces used to create characters and environments for games and virtual worlds.



Sim & Game Camp

Foothills Higher Education Center, Morganton, NC
Class meets July 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, & 29
12:00-5:00 p.m. each day
COST: $150
Section Number (needed to register for the camp): 47854

Student with Oculus RiftThe Sim & Game Camp takes the next step in the process. You will explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional game graphics; level building; and interactive scripting in the Unity3D game engine. As part of the camp, you will build out virtual reality simulations that are viewable through Oculus RIft Development VR Kits.



For Parents

We ensure that our Teen Tech Camps are a safe and welcoming place for your child. You will meet our camp instructors on the first day of camp in the lobby of the Foothills Higher Education Center. Your child will remain with our instructors until you return for pick up at the end of each camp session.


How To Enroll

We offer several ways to sign up for the Teen Tech Camps

  • Sign-up online through WPCC Continuing Education
    (again, the section numbers are 47853 for the Digital Animation Camp and 47854 for the Sim & Game Camp)
    You will be sent a separate email with information on payment for the courses
    If you are under the age of 16 and are registering for a summer camp, your parents must download, fill out, sign and submit this Registration Form.
  • Register in Person at WPCC
    Stop by Hildebrand Hall on the WPCC Main Campus [map] on Tuesdays only from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Photo of SGD/DEAT Classroom


The SGD & DEAT Programs at WPCC

WPCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Simulation and Game Development (SGD) that prepares graduates for careers including Independent Contractors, Artists, Video Programmers, Game and Sound Design, Game Testers and Producers.  We also offer an Associate in Applied Science degree in Digital Effects and Animation Technology (DEAT) that prepares graduates for careers such as Graphic and Motion Graphic Design for Video and Web, 3-D Simulation and Visualization, Video Production, Freelance Work, and Marketing. The programs also have college transfer options available to students. For more information, please contact Jonathan Crumpler jcrumpler@wpcc.edu or call (828) 448-3544.