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Local students make a game of summer school

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Having to take a class during the summer might seem like punishment for some kids, but one group of students is making a game out of summer school.

"I've always gone into summer like 'yay it's going to be summer I don't have any more school', but the moment I step into summer I get instant boredom," said 13-year-old Cameron Levezu.

But not this summer. Cameron is one of 16 students studying video game design at Hunsburger Elementary School.

"They learn how to create a game that they've come up with a concept for," said Susan Hernandez who teaches the class.

"It's like the coolest thing I've ever done," said 9-year-old Evan Achtabowski.

"These kids are having the time of their lives building games, doing what they love to do," said Ryan Cullins, chief creative officer for 3G Studios.

Kids love playing video games, so learning about them is more fun than your typical summer school class, but these kids are also learning about all of the hard work that goes into making these games.

"I really just went into playing video games just for fun, but now I've really seen almost the opposite side of it like the whole design process and how it's really, really time consuming," Cameron said.

"It's really complicated to build like a really long game," Evan said. "We have to go through all these levels and all these steps of building."

Today the class got to talk to Cullins, a real-life game designer.

"It's a dream come true for me because I get to teach the kids about things that I've learned in the past 15-20 years of my life developing games, and things I wish I knew when I was their age," Cullins said.

And Cullins says getting them interested in technology is vital.

"Their careers are dependent on learning technology at a young age," Cullins said. "Right now this will change the course of the way they view technology and the potential careers that they have."

"It's really cool to know what goes into them, and it's really awesome to build your own," Evan said.

The kids love the class.

"I told my mom I want to do this again next summer," Evan said.

Cullins is excited to see it develop, and he might even be a bit jealous.

"Getting these kids involved in our industry is really really difficult typically because we don't have classes like this," Cullins said. "This is really unique and I wish we had this when I was a kid."

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