Future video game programmers,

Penn State Great Valley

has the summer camp for you.

Students in grades six through 12 interested in creating their two-dimensional answer to the Halo and SuperMario Bros. series' can take a two-week crash course in video game-making at Penn State Great Valley this summer.

VideoGame.Net Summer Camp offers multiple sessions at three levels of experience for prospective campers. Working with software like Adobe Photoshop and Flash, and Game Maker, campers will learn the ins and outs of game design, from animation to programming to engineering. Each student will leave camp with a game he or she created.

Introduction to 2D Game Design will be offered from July 7-18 and July 21 to Aug. 1. Intermediate and advanced sessions are both scheduled for July 21 to Aug. 1 and Aug. 4-15. Each session costs $795; camp family and multi-course discounts are available.

For more information call 610-648-3281, or visit gv.psu.edu/ce/youth/. Penn State Great Valley is located at 30 E. Swedesford Road in Malvern.

Coatesville Area School District officials gathered with students and faculty from

Rainbow Elementary School

last Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the $28.8 million expansion to the school.

The Rainbow School chorus sang a few tunes for the crowd, which came out to kick off the construction project, which is slated to be done by fall 2009. Once renovated and expanded, Rainbow, originally built in 1914, will be equipped with four classroom wings, a new gymnasium, and a new cafeteria/stage.

Coatesville Area Senior High School is also in the midst of a 30-month renovation and expansion project, costing $54.5 million. For more information, and to view a slideshow of the groundbreaking ceremony at Rainbow, visit coatesville.k12.pa.us.

Will Hobson