01/30/11 — Annual Carolina Games Summit to be held Feb. 5 at Wayne Community

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Annual Carolina Games Summit to be held Feb. 5 at Wayne Community

By From staff reports
Published in News on January 30, 2011 1:50 AM

Carolina Games Summit announced last week that Time Warner Cable's "Connect a Million Minds" will be the title sponsor of the sixth annual Carolina Games Summit at Wayne Community College.

The summit will be held Feb. 5 at Wayne Community College, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. More than 1,000 local and national attendees are expected to participate in this all day event focused on the simulation and game design industry.

Connect a Million Minds is Time Warner Cable's five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative designed to engage and inspire young people to become the problem solvers of tomorrow by pursuing education and career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"CAMM seeks opportunities outside of the classroom to expose students to the vast options there are to apply STEM to real-life learning activities and careers," said Keith Poston, director of communications for Time Warner Cable's eastern North Carolina region.

"The Carolina Games Summit is a perfect fit because leading game developers are offering hands-on clinics on the technology behind the gaming industry making it accessible to students."

"Event goers can attend educational sessions from industry speakers, interact with exhibitors demonstrating their latest products and software, and test their gaming skills in a variety of competitive video game tournaments," said Tracy Schmeltzer the Carolina Games Summit's Producer. "Visitors can experience presentations from industry visionaries, plan for a future in the game development field, and enjoy fiercely competitive tournaments all at one event."

According to the NC STEM Community Collaborative, only one out of three eighth graders is proficient in math and only one out of five eighth graders is proficient in science. Yet, 80 percent of jobs in the next decade will require STEM skills.

The Carolina Games Summit brings nationally-known gaming luminaries from game developers such as Icarus Studios, Virtual Heroes, and RedStorm Entertainment along with representatives from local colleges and schools who feature simulation and game development programs. These tangible examples of gaming professionals and education options enable students to learn how to pursue careers in the gaming industry.

In addition, current and past students will be able to demonstrate their game projects in the Student Showcase room.

Carolina Games Summit will be held Saturday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Wayne Community College. This hybrid event will once again deliver industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cos-play, educational sessions, and trading card games. Compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free play options available. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com.