Today we’re featuring an excerpt from Harsha, a middle school student who participated in the Future Goals Program, earning his Hockey Scholar certification. Harsha shares how these sports-focused STEM lessons helped him realize a new career opportunity worth pursuing– game design! Congratulations to Harsha for being one of our scholarship recipients!
Teacher: Mrs. Murray
School: Fowler Middle School
Sponsor: NHL and NHLPA
“Over the course of my life, I have had many dreams for the future, but for the past year or two, I have been striving to reach what I think is going to end up being my dream career. I plan on being a game developer. I want to be on the team who codes the games, though I would also like to have a say in the ideas made during planning. For this reason, I want to go to MIT for college to get this education.
What I learned in the Future Goals: Hockey Scholar EVERFI course can, and probably will, help me in many ways. The knowledge of how friction works against magnitude, which is how hard something is pushed or pulled, could be very useful for certain types of games, such as racing games, where the controls and steering have to feel realistic and not phony. Friction and magnitude could also prove significant in a sports game, such as FIFA, Madden, or NHL, where players could be running, but have to quickly stop and move in a different direction to avoid their opponents.
Something else that I learned in the course that would help me in game development is the knowledge of what incoming and outgoing angles are. I learned that both the incoming and outgoing angles are equal, and that the inside angle, or the angle formed by the incoming and outgoing angles, is equal to 180 degrees when it is added to the incoming and the outgoing angle. This would be used in a game about something like billiards, pool, or hockey, where balls or pucks have to “bounce” off of a wall or border to get to a certain position.
One more thing that I learned was how to properly write coordinates and also how to plot them accurately. I could use this when designing and creating levels. I would have to put everything in the proper place, and using coordinates could help me do that. I had learned that when writing coordinates, you always have to write the x-value and then the y-value, no matter what the situation is. Plotting and following coordinates could be used in a game which involves war, or flight in which you have to fly to a certain point on a map or globe.
Everything that I learned in the Hockey Scholar course will be useful someday, but these key points will prove important when pursuing this career. I would benefit from this scholarship because it would help pay for the place I am going to after high school, which is college. The $1000 would prove supportive by helping me get into the college of my dreams, MIT. I really hope for the best, and this EVERFI course is going to help in the long run!”