STEM Educated. Video Game Motivated.

The Maine Game is a club where highly motivated, ambitious, and talented high school students come together and make a successful video game. The process involves programming, art, marketing, and more.

The Maine Game, USM and the Ci2 Lab

I recently accepted a position as the Project Coordinator at the Ci2 Lab on the Portland Campus at the University of Southern Maine (USM).  I’m very excited to begin and will be slowly transitioning into the position through this school year as I help find a suitable replacement for my “day job” – teaching the best class in the state…

Let’s play catch-up

Things have been so busy here at the club that we haven’t had time to do our regular social media updates!  The dust is finally settling so it’s time to play catch-up. Maine Digital Festival We participated in the Project Login’s Maine Digital Festival and had a great time! We presented 2 sessions on how to make video games in Unity.…

We’re back and better than ever.

We had our first Maine Game Club meeting of the year yesterday and it was amazing!  Why?  Because we opened up a new branch at Casco Bay High School in Portland! Now not only do we have a Maine Game Club at United Technologies Center in Bangor, but there’s one in Casco Bay High School in Portland, too!  With this…

Our video games are being played in a museum!

When I came back from the STEM education conference last year with a plan for setting up the Maine Game, I honestly could not have predicted where the club is today.  We have accomplished a lot through our collective hard work, determination, and ability to come together for a common goal.  I am exponentially proud of all the members of…

This is a learning opportunity

One of the driving goals we have had here at the Maine Game over the past year is providing 6 high quality, fun, and educational games to the Maine Discovery Museum.   The members of the club have worked countless hours in my classroom and at home to create something we’re all proud of.  The games are done.  The Maine…

The 2015 MLTI Student Conference was awesome!

The Maine Game presented at yesterday’s state-wide MLTI Student Conference yesterday and we had a great time!  We did an hour long session teaching how to make games in Unity to around 100 fully engaged middle school students from around the state. It was great to be in front of a sea of laptops with students following along with the…

Summer Camp seats are filling up fast!

We have had a huge, amazing response to our Maine Game Summer Camp!  Seats are filling up fast!  We have even expanded into allowing middle aged students to be a part of the camp because of the huge response! We have tapped into something positive in what we’re offering, how we’re offering it and more importantly, what people want.  It is another…

Marcus Gosselin taught shaders

Today Marcus Gosselin taught us the basics of shader programming in Unity and MonoDevelop.  Marcus was given the task of learning shaders with the intent to teach the members of the club and did a wonderful job today.  Programming shaders in Unity involves multiple languages, complex math, and an understanding of how graphics are processed through a GPU on a…

Teen Tech Night was a HUGE success!

The Maine Game’s 4 hours at Teen Tech Night in the Maine Discovery Museum was a huge success!  We taught over 50 teens and their parents how to make video games using the Unity game engine.  Everyone walked away learning something new.  With each session, we started with a blank scene and ended with a full, playable game with custom lighting,…