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Kids sharpen math skills through video games

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Middle school aged kids learned how to create their own video games as part of a week-long summer camp at Texas State Technical College.

"It's really neat to see how far they can go and they realize, 'Hey I can make this do that,'” Susie Watkins with TSTC said. “And they're really intelligent and pick up on it really quick because it's something they're interested in.”

The program introduces students to video game design and development.

"I knew it involved computers and a lot of drawing," 12-year-old camp participant Domonique Mendias said. "Games that you can move around with the keyboard, where you have to make it through the maze before the enemies get to you."

A process that's not all about fun and games. Math plays an important role in making sure the game functions correctly.

"I'm hoping it will push them to pay attention in math and really enjoy math," Watkins said.

Campers are honing math skills that could become useful for Domonique, who hopes to be a civil engineer one day.

"I think I'm going to try making some [games], and playing them and showing them to my friends and seeing if they can beat them," he said.

YNN's parent company, Time Warner Cable, has its own initiative to encourage young people's interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

For more information on the effort, visit ConnectAMillionMinds.com.

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