Video Game Design
This is an Enrichment Program where kids use innovate VIDEO GAME software created by MIT and MIcrosoft, and apply math and computer skills to learn 2D modeling and create their own complete interactive video game with characters, settings, music, art, obstacles and controls.
Kids Learn about the design process, which combines many 21st Century Learning Skills: Thinking Creatively, Communicating Clearly, Analyzing Systematically, Collaborating Effectively, Designing Interactively, and Learning Continuously.
Ages: 8 to 12
Kodu is a new visual programming language made by Microsoft specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone.
The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely icon-based. Programs are composed of pages, which are broken down into rules, which are further divided into conditions and actions. Conditions are evaluated simultaneously.
The Kodu language is designed specifically for game development and provides specialized primitives derived from gaming scenarios. Programs are expressed in physical terms, using concepts like vision, hearing, and time to control character behavior. While not as general-purpose as classical programming languages, Kodu can express advanced game design concepts in a simple, direct, and intuitive manner.
Ages: 8 to 12