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.
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.
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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