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Becker creates OutReach program for students

Becker creates OutReach program for students

Published on: April 14, 2020


A Twitch screenshot from Will Parker’s talk from earlier this month

A Twitch screenshot from Will Parker’s talk earlier this month.

Becker College has announced the launch of OutReach for home-bound high school students. This, free, fun, online program offers weekly livestreamed, faculty-led programs on game design, interactive media, business, and esports.

“We are looking forward to offering these fun and interactive programs as a way of giving back to the community during these challenging times,” said Alan Ritacco, Ph.D., dean of the College’s School of Design & Technology.

The livestreams, hosted on the College’s Twitch.tv channel and led by professors from the School of Design & Technology, include tips and tricks in game art, programming, esports trends, virtual job shadowing, and other topics of interest to high school students with a passion for making and playing video games.

The director of Becker’s gaming program, Paul Cotnoir, Ph.D., sees the broadcasts as a positive community service. “Gamers, as a general rule, are inclusive and connected, and are accustomed to collaborating in a variety of virtual formats,” he said. “So it’s natural that our faculty want to reach out to the wider gaming community to share some of their expertise at this time when many are home-bound.”

Now open to all high school students at any location, Becker successfully piloted the OutReach program last week—broadcasting two livestreams on esports and 3D modeling in collaboration with Billerica’s Shawsheen Technical High School to test the channel.

Kelly Corrigan, director of the interactive media department at Shawsheen, said the livestream events were well-received.

“Thank you Becker College for providing an enriching activity that my students thoroughly enjoyed—while learning about industry practices,” said Corrigan, who is also a faculty member at Shawsheen. “In the midst of this challenging time, you created an event that was meaningful, useful, and enriching!  Thank you also for bringing us together in an otherwise distanced world. We look forward to the next livestream.”

Future livestreams will include game art,working with game engines, getting the most out of game jams, and working with artificial and virtual reality.  The full schedule of upcoming programs can be found here: https://beckergame.academy/?p=1824.

Livestreams will run through early May.

The College’s official Twitch channel can be found @beckercollege.

For more information about Becker College’s School of Design & Technology, visit https://www.becker.edu/academic/academic-programs/design-technology/.

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