Game Design Camp

In this camp, students will learn to design games using multiple, development environments; Scratch, Code.Org's Game Lab and Gamefroot.  The camp is intended to be fun while exposing the students a number of free platforms and encourage continued exploration long after the camp ends. 

Game Design with Scratch:

Scratch is an intuitive, drag and drop coding environment that enables students to get rapid results.   Scratch lacks the syntax requirements of more traditional languages while teaching to think like a coder by developing algorithms and breaking them into solutions involving concepts common to all languages (i.e., loops, if/then, variables, etc).  

 

Game Design with code.org’s Game Lab:

Game Lab is JavaScript packaged by code.org to learn coding in the context of game development.  The camp is structured to more systematically introduce the coding concepts in the context of developing games. In addition to enhancing the students' understanding of the common coding structures, Game Lab will help students' understand game-specific concepts such as simulating gravity, using xy axis, collisions and more.

 

Game Design with Gamefroot:

Gamefroot is a platform that was designed to help educate kids in game design.  It comes with “assets” (i.e., characters, backgrounds, etc.) that the designer selects and programs for the behavior desired to play the game.  Because  of this, the design progress can move more quickly, and designers can create more complex games in a shorter period of time.  Gamefroot games result in a much more "professional" look and feel.

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