Video Game Design (Ages 7-10) – Flex Class

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Requirements

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Be able to use a mouse and keyboard.
  • Kodu Game Lab Program– Free Download– Only works on a Windows based PC.

Description

How would you like to help your child (Ages 7-10) create their own original video game? This course helps kids 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!

  • Students 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).
  • Students learn to use the tools available in Kodu to create land, water, mountains, buildings, and more.
  • Students learn 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.
  • Students complete game design planning prior to starting their final projects to create the best video game possible.

Important: Kodu currently only runs on Windows. Please test running Kodu prior to signing up for the class. Kodu is a free download. Simply Google “Kodu.” This course is designed for parents that want to introduce their kids (Ages 7-10) to coding and video game design.

Flex Class Format

In each lesson, students watch a video demonstration of the focus skills followed by practice exercises that have students apply what they learned from the video. The practice exercises have detailed instructions that include pictures, tips, and review videos that help students be successful using Kodu.

Who is the Video Game Design flex class for?

This flex class might work better for you and your child if ….

  • Your schedule doesn’t permit your child to attend any of my live classes.
  • You don’t want to wait to get into a live class (current classes with open spots don’t start for 4+ months).
  • Your child wants to take one of my Level 2 classes, but needs to take this class first to gain some foundation in coding.
  • Your child simply likes working at their own pace as opposed to live instruction.

I designed this flex class based off my experience teaching it live with students. The tips, images, and videos provided in the exercises are based off student questions from my classes. My goal was to design a flex class that provided the help students needed to be successful without a live teacher.

Sample The Class

The first 3 lessons are available for you and your child to sample. Click the here to get started. To gain access to the entire course, please register and pay using the “Take This Course” button found below and in the sample lessons. Make sure you look for several emails after purchase that will help you complete the process.

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Course Content

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Class Introduction
Kodu Installation
Kodu Basics
Introduction to Coding in Kodu
Map Design
Player and NPC Coding
Power Ups
Game Creation and Publishing
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About the author: Shawn D. Walk is the owner of Code2Discover, a business dedicated to helping students discover their ability to create and shape the world around them through coding. He has been teaching technology, coding, and 21st century skills for nearly 15 years. He is a certified elementary teacher in PA and has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He is also a previous owner of an educational technology company that pioneered using Minecraft as an educational tool in the Pittsburgh region. His goal is to help kids learn the skills they need in today’s world, but also help them believe they can be the creators of new technology instead of simply consuming it.