Code characters abilities
Problem-solve and debug programming errors
Design an executable game
Honored to be selected as one of PLAYGROUND Magazine's 2017 Family Favorite Award Winners!
"Really happy with this program. Both of my boys (12 and 9 yr olds) have attended for summer and/or home school camp (animation and game coding design) and they loved it. Fun atmosphere for kids, and great teachers!"

-Sandra B.

Fall enrollment is closed.
Learn about our Spring Program!

GAME DESIGN & CODING

KIDS (AGES 7–13)

Every great game includes well-crafted gameplay and an immersive virtual world. In this interactive program, students will learn and test these fundamental concepts of Game Design and Development using a sandboxed scripting language and drag-and-drop action sequences. Students will hone basic programming skills, acquire scripting techniques that can be transferred to other programming languages, and ultimately deliver an imaginative, playable, and multidimensional game that can be shared with family and friends.

WHO IS THIS FOR?
Kids who have an enthusiasm for playing and making video games.

TERM
From October 2017 through May 2018

SCHEDULE 
First Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dates
10/5/17, 11/2/17, 12/7/17, 1/11/18, 2/8/18, 3/8/18,
4/5/18, 5/3/18

Final Project

Multiple interactive video games from various genres that employ a variety of objects, rooms, backgrounds and character sprites.

$120

PER MONTH

Outcomes

  • Design a completely stand-alone executable game that can be played with family and friends
  • Code character abilities (such as moving and throwing fireballs)
  • Code enemy AI and other in-game challenges (Oh no! Goblins are charging at me!)
  • Problem-solve and debug programming errors
  • Develop and deliver narrative within an interactive game environment

Milestones

Month 2: Minimum of 2 arcade classic games.
Month 4: Multiple level side-scroller.

Month 6: Multiple level top-down tower defense game.
Month 8: Make your own game (multilevel, choice of genre, mechanics, story, depth).

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

FREE OPEN LAB HOURS

  • Monday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION

What if my child can't start by the start date?

Our programs are comprehensive, meaning that they cover a lot of material during its duration. The programs run from October 2017 to May 2018. If you cannot start at the beginning of the term, there are other opportunities to join us in our Workshops and Summer Camps.

If the program I want is full, is there a waiting list?

For those sessions that are already full, we will maintain a waiting list. To get into the waiting list, you must complete an online application indicating the session in which you are interested.  As spaces become available, the first name in the waiting list will be called to offer the space. 

What if my child misses a session(s)?

If your child has to miss class because of vacation or other commitment, we'll arrange for you to come at another time to make up the hours for that month. 

Can I drop-off and pick-up?

Yes, but you will need to sign the children in and let us know who is picking them up. At the time of pick-up, our staff will ask for ID to match the name you provided at drop-off. You can also wait and relax in the comfort of the parents' lounge area.

Fall enrollment is closed.
Learn about our Spring Program!