Adam McLaughlin is the type of video gamer who’s a student of the whole history of video games, and you can see it in his home game room, which boasts umpteen different classic game consoles – including the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System.

Surrounded by game consoles and plush Nintendo characters, Adam holds up a piece of game history.

This past summer, this 13-year-old master gamer decided to go “under the hood” and find out what makes today’s hottest games tick. He spent early July at DMA’s summer tech camps at University of Chicago, studying Minecraft modding, picking up Java programming and exploring API Forge.

Adam really enjoyed his time in instructor Omar Sokoya’s class, and confirmed it by giving DMA the highest possible score for overall camp experience on an end-of-camp survey.

Here’s what he says about DMA:


What did you actually create at DMA tech camp?
A mod for the game Minecraft.

How exactly did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
It felt like I had succeeded and contributed to the community.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
Programming and making friends.

Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer?
Yes, I made one.

Do you think you’ll use what you learned at DMA when you’re back at your regular school?
Not necessarily at school, but I will on my own time.

Would you suggest DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?

Were your parents pleased with your DMA experience?

Adam’s a true gamer. Don’t believe us? Just check out all the game consoles…


Summer’s right around the corner, and it’s time to stake your claim on the perfect summer. Make it happen at Digital Media Academy summer tech camps, where kids (ages 6-12) and teens (12-17) get deep into the hottest tech subjects going.

At DMA, campers build their personal confidence by mastering exciting new technologies, including cutting-edge topics like 3D printing, virtual reality and wearable tech.

With new campus locations and new DMA courses, this is going to be the greatest summer yet at DMA. Come be a part of it!

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Special thanks to DMA’s Rachelle Harding for coordinating this interview!