Paul Stoddard with Nathaniel Larmore and Porter Hildenbrand with their STEM Fuse award certificates

Got game, anyone? We know a couple students who do!

Bellingham High School students Porter Hildenbrand and Nathaniel Larmore won first place in the Spring 2022 STEM Fuse GOT Game Competition with their video game Pick Up and Fight. As first place winners in the competition, both Porter and Nathaniel won an Amazon gift card from STEM Fuse.

The STEM Fuse computer science student judges were enthusiastic about their game Pick Up and Fight.

“This is a very fun and well-designed game,” they wrote. “A lot of animations and sounds complement the game play completely.” They noted that there were “differently-designed levels and a lot of variety with what you can pick up and how to beat the enemies.”

The judges also appreciated their ability to individualize the characters and actions. “The fact that you can customize your character is very cool since players like to create their own experiences,” they continued. “Very cool animations and mechanics keep the player engaged in the gameplay.”

Bellingham High teacher Paul Stoddard added to the kudos sharing that “the game has great animations, sound, and mechanics and there are multiple waves per level and multiple levels.”

STEM Fuse is a STEM education platform that offers curriculum for K-12 classrooms. The winning students were enrolled in Video Game Design at Bellingham High School which used the STEM Fuse course called Game:IT Intermediate when they developed the winning game.

Porter and Nathaniel’s winning game was a win-win for both the students and the school. As the teacher of the first place winners, Stoddard was able to select a free, year-long STEM Fuse course to use with his students again this school year. He reports that he chose the same course and is using it this fall. Overall, he has used three of the STEM Fuse digital courses embedded in his courses.

“Video Game Design is a place where a student that loves art can see an application of their design and learn how to interact and see others interact with their design,” Stoddard shared. “It’s also a place where a student that wants to learn programming can get insight into game mechanics and what it takes to create a good gaming experience.”

Stoddard currently has 30 students enrolled in Video Game Design this semester and 24 students enrolled in Advanced Video Game Design next semester.

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