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Game Development Jr

In this bootcamp, Galileo students will create a platform video game from scratch. Students will use block-based coding to develop an operable game.
By Kristen Montesano - Educator

 


In this bootcamp, Galileo students will create a platform video game from scratch. Students will use block-based coding to develop an operable game. Any gamer will tell you that the following features are vital when it comes to online gaming, therefore they will also be creating the following; their own character, world art and animations. Students will learn more about game levels, explore various ways to create enemies, and publish their unique games to the web. The skills developed in this bootcamp will be applicable to game development on other platforms and with other kinds of games.

This bootcamp is recommended for students in the age range of 8-13 years. Students do not need to have prior coding experience, but it is recommended. For students 13/14+, look for our Game Development Sr bootcamps in the coming months.

Goal

By the end of this bootcamp, students will be familiar with the MakeCode Arcade game development platform and will have learned new coding skills applicable to developing games specifically.

Students will have a unique platformer game published to the web that can be shared with family and friends, additionally, it can be used in a portfolio. They will also have the skills to create more games in MakeCode independently.

Plan per Week (Meeting 2x/week):

Week 1 - Introduction to the topic

Basic concepts: How to use and download MakeCode Arcade, Game demo A: Creating a character + coding character controller B: Setting up the game world

Week 2 - Content

A: Coins/Collectables (lives and score) B: Enemies (4 types: back and forth, up and down, reaching out, on trigger)

Week 3 - More content

A: Character attack (2 types: shooting and holding weapon) B: Next Level Transition C: Level Design D: Game Over

Week 4 - Project’s Presentation

Publish game & partner playtest Level Edit Present

Student’s Announcement:

Do you love video games? Are you interested in creating your own? In this bootcamp, you can create your own 2D platformer video game from scratch - just like some of the most popular platformers of all time, including Mario and Kirby games. You’ll design your own character, world, levels, enemies and code everything so it can be controlled according to your preference. By the time this bootcamp is over, you’ll have your game published to the web and have all the skills you need to create more games! Coding experience is not required, but please note that game development is a code-heavy skill and we will be doing lots of it. This bootcamp is recommended for students 8-13 years of age. For students 13/14+, look for our Game Development Sr bootcamps in the coming months.

About the Facilitator:

Kristen Montesano is the Director of Tech Education at Galileo and has been teaching STEAM skills for more than 3 years in various self-directed learning environments, summer camps, and makerspaces. She enjoys playing and creating games as well as making 3D animations in her spare time and is always exploring new technologies. Kristen has a B.S. in Child Learning and Development and believes that the most important feature of any course is that the students feel accomplished and are inspired to explore the topic more on their own.

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