|SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2018) – Computer gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry with scores of job opportunities for creative designers. On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, USF Sarasota-Manatee will host a youth workshop, “The Business of Computer Gaming,” which lays a foundation for aspiring game designers.
The three-hour event is free and open to the public. It will be held at USFSM’s campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
The Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT), a statewide center based at USFSM, is presenting the workshop in partnership with the State College of Florida and FUNducation, an organization that empowers communities to engage children in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
“PAInT is delighted to organize this community workshop with SCF,” said Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, coordinator of PAInT. “Creating interdisciplinary connections helps prepare students to acquire high-demand skills for a future in the global workforce.”
Speakers Dr. Giti Javidi, an associate professor of information technology at USFSM, and Neirda Lafontant, the founder of FUNducation, will lead local youth in designing computer games that support environmental technologies and make global connections.
Dr. Javidi has worked to develop new curricula and programs for computer science education with the goal of engaging a wider audience and bridging the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
FUNducation’s mission is to launch, develop and sustain STEAM programs that inspire children to go beyond conventional solutions and become innovative thinkers in STEAM fields.
The Andrew Mellon Foundation and New College of Florida are sponsoring the event. For more information or to register for the workshop, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-business-of-computer-gaming-tickets-52614597678.
|About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)
USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in Manatee and Sarasota counties, Venice and online. USFSM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of more than 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu.