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Learn to Design Video Games

Learn to Design Video Games

Published: June 20, 2019

Technology drives so much of daily life that it’s becoming more and more important for young people to understand its principles and applications.

To help that cause, the Library is teaching a series of computer coding classes as part of its Summer Learning program. They’re intended to help youngsters feel more comfortable with the way computers ‘think’ and operate so that they’re able to write simple programs using standard principles.

Using Google’s CS First and MIT’s Scratch technologies, these classes will introduce basic video game coding concepts. Each week, a new skill will be introduced and a new type of video game created. For example, we’ll design games that involve racing competitors, mazes, characters who jump from platform to platform, and figures who embark on quests.

Throughout the series, participants will be able to create cool games to share with friends and play at home. Better yet, they’ll gain an additional type of literacy and build skills in creative thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, and communications.

The series is recommended for rising 6th graders and up, and classes take place every Wednesday through August 7 at 12:30pm at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library.