Josh Ulrich, freshman at Friendswood High School, was selected from FISD to attend a special event at the University of Houston main campus on April 25-26, 2015. This is the third consecutive year Ulrich attended.
University of Houston in partnership with Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) offers the opportunity for the academically talented students in grade 8-11 to take short courses during a weekend-long program at the University of Houston campus.
These courses introduce exciting topics that might not be available at local schools. The courses provide enrichment, sharpen skills, and help students define pathways to college major selection and careers.
In addition, the courses provide an opportunity for students to interact with similarly motivated students who have similar interests.
Courses offered this year ranged from medicine, law, engineering, gaming and multimedia activities.
Through the UH mini courses, the participants experienced 6 week courses into two days. The goal was to have them learning hands on and deciding if this path of interest is what they want to achieve after high school.
Ulrich chose gaming and learned how difficult it was to create a game with proper placement of characters, settings and the arrangement of both to create the perfect game.
Participants used multimedia, graphics and MAC designs to form movement, stop, controls and jumps. This class not only offered gamers how to play, but language and math was a must in order to be able to read the formula of placement to create the objective.
The courses were a challenge but offered great experiences, according to Ulrich.