The following is a guest post by Pat Yongpradit. Pat is the computer science teacher at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. His students competed in this year’s Imagine Cup in the Game division and were one of the top 10 teams in the US. This is pretty impressive when you realize that most of the other teams were from colleges and universities. I asked Pat to write up some information and advice for potential future Imagine Cup teams. His reply is below.
So you’ve learned XNA, have made a couple cool games, and want to flex your skills on the national and international stage and tackle a social cause as well? Then the Imagine Cup is right for you. The Imagine Cup is an international game and software design competition that encourages students to use the technical skills to address social issues.
Do you also enjoy distracting yourself and your peers with impromptu video game challenges, spending 100 plus hours on a project in addition to your homework, and being berated by a mentor for still not having a functioning prototype with one week before the deadline? Then the Imagine Cup should be renamed the “Your Name Here” Cup, because it has your name written all over it. (Of course there isn’t actually a physical Imagine Cup like there is a Stanley Cup...that is kind of the reason why they called it the “Imagine” cup.) Assuming you know what the Imagine Cup is, here is some advice, not in order of importance.
You can read more about Springbrook’s High School Imagine Cup Team at http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2010/04/24/high-school-team-makes-mark-at-imagine-cup.aspx