Video Game Design for Kids
What you'll learn
- Students learn programming logic to code characters’ behaviors and reactions to events in their games.
- 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.
- Students complete game design planning prior to starting their final projects to create the best video game possible.
- Basic Computer Skills
- Be able to use a mouse and keyboard.
- Kodu Game Lab Program-- Free Download-- Only works on a Windows based PC.
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.
Who this course is for:
- Parents that want to introduce their kids (Ages 7-10) to coding and video game design.
Hello! My name is Shawn Walk. I am the owner and lead instructor at Code2Discover. I look forward to being your child's teacher as they discover the power of coding. I have been an educator for over 17 years. I was a 4th/5th grade teacher for 11 years at an elementary school north of Pittsburgh. During my time at that school, I focused on project-based learning, engaging students with real-world tasks that allowed them to see how what they were learning is used in the real world. I also had a passion for technology and worked to include that in my teaching. I developed several robotics and coding programs during my time as a teacher and helped my students learn essential 21st century skills in a fun and exciting way.
About 5 years ago, I started my own company in Pittsburgh that partnered with schools to offer coding, Minecraft, and other creative classes. We were one of the first organizations in the Pittsburgh region to use Minecraft to create engaging programs for students. I now hope to take this type of fun and creative learning beyond the Pittsburgh region to students all over the world.
My mission is to help students discover their ability to create and shape the world around them through coding.
I have an active Pennsylvania Teaching Certification and a Masters Degree in education. I look forward to helping your child discover their creative powers.