A couple of months ago, I wrote about the importance of teaching students how to program. I was a CIS (Computer Information Systems) major in college before I decided to go into education. As one who enjoyed programming, I believe it is beneficial for students and adults alike. So, I decided to expose my 13 year old son, Sebastian. He attended the Digital Media Academy at the University of Texas this summer. He spent 5 days learning to code with Unity3D. His biggest take aways from the whole experience were:
- Coding is a different language that forces you to thing logically
- 3D figures require you to know density, height, width, length, etc.
- Scripting - nothing moves in your game unless you have scripts
- Making a game on unity requires you start out in a empty dimension. To actually make the game, you must know how to use an XYZ coordinate plane.
- When coding a script, titles and commands must be uniform throughout the program.