Video Game Design
Beginner Coding (Flex Class): Part 1
Ages 7-10

Code and design your own video game for you and all your friends to play!

Code and design your own video game for you and all your friends to play!

AGES: 7 – 10

PREREQUISITE: None

SOFTWARE: Kodu Game Lab – View Website

CODING LANGUAGE: Kodu (Visual Based Language)

PATH: Video Game Design

FORMATS: Self-Paced Flex Class

Video Game Design (Beginner Coding: Part 1)- Ages 7-10

How would you like to create your own original video game for you and all your friends to play? Kids will learn to make games via a simple visual programming language. This program is a great entry into design and programming skills. Students will follow a kid-friendly process similar to real video game designers who create the games they play at home!

Technology Requirements: Kodu currently only runs on Windows. Please test running Kodu prior to signing up for the class.  Kodu Website

In this class, students will learn…

  • Programming logic to code characters’ behaviors and reactions to events in their games. All programming in Kodu is WHEN/DO (similar to IF/THEN statements).
  • To use the tools available in Kodu to create land, water, mountains, buildings, and more.
  • More advanced coding to give their characters power-ups. This involves creating parallel programming that changes the behavior of their characters based on a specific event.
  • To complete game design planning prior to starting their final projects to create the best video game possible.

Guided Lessons and Activities

Through the Udemy platform, students are guided through each topic with an instructional video and clear activities to practice what they learned.  Students also have review videos and explanations available to them if they need more support as they complete the activities.

Reviews

“Very good match for me he is great at explaining things!

Ruvan V.

 

“So easy to follow with step by step instructions clearly stated with visual exmaples.”

Jennifer C.

 

About The Instructor

Shawn D. Walk has been an educator for over 17 years. He was a 4th/5th grade teacher for 11 years at an elementary school north of Pittsburgh. During his time at that school, he focused on project-based learning and engaging students with real-world tasks that allowed them to see how what they were learning is used in the real world. He also developed a passion for technology and worked to include that in his teaching. Shawn developed several robotics and coding programs during his time as a teacher and helped students learn essential 21st century skills in a fun and exciting way.

About 5 years ago, He started a company in Pittsburgh that partnered with schools to offer coding, Minecraft, and other creative classes. The company was one of the first organizations in the Pittsburgh region to use Minecraft to create engaging programs for students. He now hopes to take this type of fun and creative learning beyond the Pittsburgh region to students all over the world.

Shawn has an active Pennsylvania Teaching Certification and a Masters Degree in education.  He looks forward to helping your child discover their creative powers.

Class Registration

Self-Paced Flex Class

Students work at their own pace through video lessons and activities via the Udemy platform.  Activities contain helpful images of coding and review videos for students as they complete tasks.

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