Create interactive video game projects
Code player abilities
Create art assets for characters
and environments
"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 7–9)

Does your child play video games and tell you they are going to make their own games some day? If yes, then this is the perfect program to get your child started! In this highly interactive program, students will learn the principles of game design and programming through guided play and exploratory builds. By completing a number of hands-on, physical game design activities, students will better understand game systems and the implementation of gameplay. They will initially flex their programming skills within a drag-and-drop code block editor using pre-existing terrain and character. They will then expand and hone their programming knowledge by designing, building, playtesting, and polishing a game from start to finish using GameMaker Studio, a cross-platform and multi-genre professional development tool. 

WHO IS THIS FOR?
Young gamers without experience in designing or coding games

TERM
From September 6, 2017 to May 19, 2018.

SCHEDULE OPTIONS (you choose one)
Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Final Project

An interactive, executable game complete with custom art, sound, and behaviors

$200

Per Month

Outcomes

  • Create multiple, interactive video game projects using code blocks and science simulations
  • Design a custom, executable game that can be played with family and friends
  • Identify the elements of game systems
  • Design a board game incorporating all stages of the Design Process
  • Identify the basic components of 2D animations
  • Create customized art assets for characters, objects and environments
  • Code player abilities
  • Problem-solve and debug programming errors

Milestones

GAME DESIGN ADVENTURES

Week 8: Minimum of 2 Interactive Games
Week 16: Interactive Game with Customized Sound and Art

GAME PROGRAMMING

Week 24: Interactive Arcade-style Game
Week 32: Multiple Level Game with Custom Animations

Learn about our Spring Programs!

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Download the School Year Calendar.

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 their duration. Our Spring programs will run from January 2018 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!