April 13, 2017

Local students win game design award

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,

Redmond Proficiency Academy Oregon Game Project Challenge Team Wins Award at the Statewide Oregon Competition
Pictured left to right: Sage Walden, Azriel Fall, Matthew Steele, Justin Greenstone, Beauden Yetter  /  Submitted photo

   The Redmond Proficiency Academy is pleased to announce today that its Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC) Team, “The Catournauts,” was awarded the Art and Design Award at the OGPC statewide event held on April 6th at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

   The team won the Art and Assets award for their creative art designs, custom soundtracks, sound effects, online art and marketing, and documentation of their process. Their game was developed around the OGPC theme of the season, “Space Race.” The two player game designed by “The Catournauts” features players racing through a series of mini-games that consist of building a rocketship, racing to a planet, battling off invaders, and successfully landing to plant their country's flag.

   OGPC is a competition that brings together teams of students with diverse interests in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Mathematics). Teams create the artwork, storyline, music, programming, websites, and marketing materials for their game. The OGPC competition season runs from November to April each year, concluding with the statewide event, where teams compete by presenting their original computer games to nearly 30 industry professionals, who act as judges and panelists.

   “I am proud of my team and the hard work that we put in. We accomplished many things this season and overcame many hurdles like when our game half deleted itself,” said Matthew Steele, the team’s main programmer.

   “I am proud of how the art, music, and contributions of everyone came together,” said Azriel Fall, the lead artist. Other members of the team included Justin Greenstone who did the audio composing and sound effects, Sage Walden who did the marketing and web design, and Beauden Yetter who helped with the coding.

   “The team has been working on the game for six months,” said coach Josh White. “The most rewarding part for me is to see them have a project that they each contributed to, that is so much greater than anything they could have done on their own. They were able to apply skills they have learned in their computer science, art, math, and music classes to a real world project. Through the good and bad days they kept at it, and by the end, they developed an amazing product. It was awesome to see so many people playing their game at the competition, providing positive feedback, and having fun!”

   As part of their prize, the team was awarded tickets to BetaCon, a video game, and technology convention held in Portland this upcoming weekend. At BetaCon, the students will have the opportunity to attend professional level presentations on the gaming industry and learn from developers.

About Redmond Proficiency Academy
The Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is a public charter school operating in the Redmond School District. In its eighth year of operation, RPA serves over 800 students in grades 6-12 from throughout Central Oregon. Using a proficiency-based instructional methodology in a personalized learning environment, RPA strives to prepare all students for success in college and in life.

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