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By Kent Ganevsky
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The video game industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy. According to research firm Gartner, global video game sales will reach $111.1 billion by 2015. The salaried Video game developers in the U.S. earned an annual salary of $83,060 in 2014 and on the west coast is over $100,000.  

So we need to get students stared at the earliest age possible!  

I am teaching 3D Animation, 3D Modeling using Autodesk Maya,  and also Video Game Design and Programming using Unity3D at Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale California.  My goal is to bring my online video lessons and support to all students and teachers around the world for free.   Allowing students anywhere to have free access to online video lessons that will allow them to master 3D animation- modeling, and  video game programming and design.  And also allow them to post their work and get their questions answered when problems occur.

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School poster
 

We need to raise at least $3,000 to purchase equipment to rebuild our website  and to add the features needed for goals of bringing 3D animation – modeling, add video game programming and design to students worldwide.

I was one of the first group of three USA Autodesk 3D Studio Max dealers over 25 years ago.   I ran my own dealership for almost 20 years and I was one the top 3D Animation dealers for Autodesk.

I started teaching 12 years ago and I've taught all levels of math at both of middle and high school levels.  Four years ago I talked to my school about teaching 3D animation at the middle school level,  then proceeded to put together a plan to bring this to fruition.   Was able to read my 12 years of experience it and both lesson planning and addressing state standards.  I am able to tailor my video lessons so that even students as young as theater fourth-grade could start with the basics and still complete a project.   And of course my video lessons then take them from beginner to expert.  

3D Animation -3D Modeling
3D Animation -3D Modeling

 It took me 4 Years to convince my administration that 7th and 8th graders could learn Autodesk Maya.  And after reestablishing all of my contacts at Autodesk I was one of the first schools in the nation to take advantage of their free software for students.  This enabled me to write a grant from Autodesk and install Maya on our 40 laptops for my classroom.  I was also able to use my experience to obtain a CTE (Career Technical Education) credential which allows me to teach any Digital Arts in any public school in California

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I have written grants and spent hundreds of hours working on our laptops to make them ready to run both Maya and Unity 3D.   We were actually able to start our class with laptops  that only had two gigs of RAM and it amazed me that we were able to run Maya on them.  But now they all have a minimum of four gigs of RAM, and  I also wrote a grant and purchased 40 3-button mice for all of our laptops.

3D wireframe
3D wireframe
Rendered model
Rendered model

This is the second year of my 3D Animation class and I have mostly seventh graders and a few eighth-graders. The last year they have been creating some amazing models and animations  and have won many awards.   It is the only class I have ever taught where they start on their own and I have to tell them to stop,  and they're always collaborating together to see how a fellow classmate created something,  or to help and show them what they created.

I own the website computergraphics.com . and I have been putting up my own oniine youtube video lessons for both Maya and Unity for my classes,  and for any student to use worldwide.  The lessons can take any student or teacher from a beginner level all the way to advanced and they go step-by-step with both video and captions.  I start the students with the basic commands and operations,  and then take them through different exercises where they are creating their own models and then animating them.  I also have lessons on how to create games in Unity3D,  and work with both Maya and Unity3D together.

computergraphics.com
computergraphics.com

I have my own youtube channel with video lessons for both Autodesk Maya and Unity3d, and my students can just plug in their headphones and start working at their own pace. This is the only way to teach 3D animations and Unity3D for they can follow all of the commands click by click. They can then post their models, images, and videos on our Edmodo site.

Youtube channel
Youtube channel
  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXThag16rqmYchqU1FauOUA

 

Our class has been written up in the local and national news  on the Internet for worldwide coverage.

Digital World 

Howtolearn.com

Glendale News Press 

 We added Video Game Design and Programming using Unity3D this semester and I am using this to motivate the students to learn how to  use C# programming.  Unity 3D is an incredible program and any student can virtually create their own world in  just a few minutes.   We are now bringing in our 3D models created in Maya into Unity3D, and then creating our own video game in Unity3D.   We are going to learn how to program to make our game do what we want using C#.  I hope that some of my students will also look at computer science as a major as they learn computer programming.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline
Video Game
Video Game
Unity
Unity

 I am also teaching these subjects at home school facility at night I have students as young 4th grade that doing incredible work on both software.

 I want to be able to build my website so all any school in the world can access it and teach :

3D Animation- 3D Modeling and Video Game Design and programming and 3D printing

I want to have the following features on my website:

  • Online video lessons- from beginning to advanced
    Pages for students worldwide to post their work
    Forum for questions and information
    Competitions for all ages and levels of students
    Installation and hardware information
    Career path advice and information for all students
    College information on what schools offer the best programs
If you share my vision and and want to help bring this to all students  worldwide I look forward to your contribution
Youtube channel
Youtube channel

Risks and challenges

I need to build and develop my website computergraphics.com so that it will inspire and install confidence from any teacher or student who decides to do the online lessons, and move into the 3D animation and video game design and programming fields.

I need them to be able to see what success we have had with students of all ages and to see the actual 3D animations, models, and video games they have created and what age they were.

We need to have video lessons to take students from beginning to advanced level and also address the teaching standards. There needs to be a hardware section of their show what is needed to run programs, and then a four hour they can post questions and get answers.

And more importantly a section where they can post their work and get feedback, and see the work of talented animators, modelers, designers, and programmers. A website that will inspire them to develop their talents and work with them as they improve with each project they complete.

So I will need to form a team of talented teachers, animators, programmers and web designers to make this project a success. People who are excited like myself with the task of bringing Computer technology, and digital arts to students all across the world

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