As part of our Technology Whizzkids series, we caught up with Quinn Painter who was a recent winner at Coolest Projects 2016 in the Games Category, and we asked him to tell us about himself and the event.
1. Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Quinn Painter and I am 13 years old. I go to Coder Dojo Ennis, where I learn how to make games and apps. I started out just learning, but I also enjoy helping out and mentoring at the Dojo. I taught computer classes when I was in primary school and they still sometimes ask me to come back to fix their computer issues.
2. What first got you interested in technology?
I got into technology because my dad works as a web developer and we have lots of technology and games in my house. I also enjoy playing video games and I thought it would be fun to make them. I also like working with hardware and I made my own PC a few years ago. I researched all the parts I needed (ie. hard drive, processor), ordered them, and then put them together.
3. How did you end up going to the Coolest Projects event and what did you think of the event itself?
I first went to Coolest Projects last year when I entered my app, PT3D. It is a periodic table app that allows you to see a 3D representation of all the types of atoms to help with education and it provides a fun way to learn science.
I published it in the Google Play Store and the Windows Phone Store and since then I’ve added a quiz feature to help you learn about the elements. I got into the second round of judging but I didn’t win anything.
I was determined to make an even better project this year. I thought the event was fun both years and it was interesting to see all the other projects people had made.
4. You won an award didn’t you at Coolest Projects? Tell us about the project
My project is a game called Space Chunks 3D. It is a game where you design a spaceship using different blocks, and you use it to battle other players. I plan to make it multiplayer and add many more features in the future.
I presented it using 2 computers. On one computer you could design your ship and on the other computer there was a testing area where people could try out their designs.
On the day, I was happy because many people seemed to be interested in my project. I had a sheet of paper next to the computers where people could write down their ideas for the game. I got lots of good suggestions that I hope to add to the game.
5. What do you like about the Internet and Technology?
I like that you can look up any information you want, or talk to anyone. I especially like playing video games with my friends!
6. What do you hope to do in the next few years?
I want to develop my game and get it published for PC and consoles. I will also try to get good grades in school so I can get a job developing games later on.
Over to you now. Is your child in a Coderdojo? Tell us in the comments below.