Even as your kids are counting the minutes until school is over for the summer, do you find yourself dreading their idle hours watching mindless TV and saying “it’s hot” and “I’m bored”? The Richardson ISD is teaming up with UTD to offer Summer Game Design Camp to give students a chance to bring their creativity to life. They’ll design computer and video games using state-of-the-art technology used to instruct university students preparing for work in the video gaming industry.

The students will be led by UTD professor Dr. Monica Evans, who has worked in partnership with the US Army, Nortel, Alcatel, and the Dallas Museum of Art developing experimental and educational games and will introduce the kids to UTD’s sophisticated Motion Capture Labs during the three week camp.

RISD students entering their junior and senior year are eligible to attend, but only 60 will be selected. The camp will meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays June 9-25 on the UTD campus, and participants will receive a t-shirt and a copy of all the games created at camp. The cost is $35, and scholarships are available. Use these links for more information and an application. A complete list of RISD summer camps is here.