Objective:
Begin discussing the process of lighting and rendering in Maya using both a CPU and GPU render engine.

Method:
Use this tutorial to discover how to render using both Redshift and Arnold. We will learn how both work and discuss the similarities and differences.

Turn In:
You will upload your completed renders to your blog

Objective:
To gain an understanding of computer components and how they work together to make a computer function.

Method:
Follow the directions on the included documents to research the different components that make up a personal computer and the different operating systems that control them.

Hardware Components

Operating Systems

Turn In:
Once you have created both of the attached pdf files. Upload them to your google share folder. We will discuss both assignments in class.

Objective:
Create an original video review/analysis of a video game that was released between 2005 to 2015.

Method:
You have been given the green-light to create a video review over one of the many video games that are currently out on the market.

As an individual or as a group of two, you will create a video review over your chosen game. (All game choices must be approved by the instructor.)

This document will walk you through the proper steps of planning and creating your review.

Turn In:
You will submit the game choice to instructor by the first Wednesday of the six weeks and the completed review will be uploaded and presented on the last Tuesday of the current six weeks.

Objective:
Identify and research key moments in the development of technology and the computer age.

Method:
This project will be done online using www.canva.com. This Computer History Timeline(2018) will give you all of the requirements and rubric for the assignment.

Turn In:
You will have through Wednesday in class to work on this project. Once you finish the project, export it as a PDF file from Canva and upload it to your shared google folder.

Objective:
Continue working on developing your modeling skills in Maya.

Method:
Follow the linked tutorial to master the proper steps in modeling a basic low-poly building. This will be an exercise in developing and adding onto the skills that you attained in the last tutorial. We will also begin discussing modeling in this tutorial.

Turn In:
Post daily progress snips to your blog as you work through the videos. Make sure to write brief descriptions for each post that contains which steps, techniques, and tools that you utilized that day.

Objective:
To research key figures and their impacts on the computer industry.

Method:
Your assignment is to select one of the individuals listed on the sheet shared in class to do a research presentation on. The presentation will be in google slides and must be between 5-7 minutes in length MAX. Yes you must include relevant pictures, and bonus points for embedding a short video related to your person. The topics that you cover will vary depending on the person, but the document shared in class has a few things that everyone must cover at the minimum. There are probably other things that you should also address in addition to this list, so do not simply make a slide for each of the listed and expect an A. These are merely guidelines to get you started.

Turn In:
The completed presentation is due by the end of class on Wednesday. The class will present on Thursday and Friday.

Objective:
Apply your skills with MS PowerPoint to create an auto-biographical presentation for the class.

Method:
Use the knowledge and skills that you have received over the last week to demonstrate your understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint. You will create a slide deck containing slide transitions, simplistic animations, and a designed theme about yourself that includes the following information. You will have between 3-5 minutes to give your presentation at the end of the week.

  • Name
  • Birthday
  • Classification
  • an image of you
  • About your family including pets (use images)
  • Music
  • Hobbies
  • Extra-curriculars
  • Aspirations
  • Any other things that you would like us to know about you

Turn In:
Your finished PowerPoint needs to be added to your google drive folder by the end of the day on Thursday. Make sure to save as LASTNAME_(ASSIGNMENT NAME) into your H: drive, and upload to your shared google drive folder. We will begin presentations in class on Friday.

Objective:
Demonstrate the ability to review and summarize a selected board game; examining intent, form, and functionality.

Method:
Write an Inception Document for the game that you evaluated last week. We reviewed the example document as a class, use your notes to make sure that you include all necessary elements in your document.

We will continue with other forms of documentation this week.

Example Doc

Turn In:
Continue to polish out the assigned Inception document and begin work on the GDD and have a rough draft completed for review by the end of the week.

Objective:
Create an original video review of a video game that you have never played before.

Method:
You have been given the greenlight to create a review over one of the many video games that are currently out on the market.

As an individual or as a group of two, you will create a video review over your chosen game. (All game choices must be approved by the instructor.)

This document will walk you through the proper steps of planning and creating your review.

Turn In:
You will submit the game choice to instructor by the end of the first week of the current six weeks and the completed review will be uploaded and presented on the last Tuesday of the current six weeks.

Objective:
Develop skills in rigging character models for animating.

Method:
Use a combination of the following tutorials to develop a good understanding of how to rig characters for animating.

Rigging in Maya

Turn In:
Post image updates of your rig from multiple angles throughout the process of the course.