Kids Can Keep Learning Over Summer With Gaming Bootcamp
School is almost out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the kids can’t continue learning. There are a number of STEM camps happening this summer where kids can learn how to make video games at Gaming Bootcamp.
Code Bootcamp organizer William Bushee says it’s a five day bootcamp where kids will learn to build four different video games from scratch. He says one of those is an Angry Birds type game, and another is a Super Mario type of game. He says they kids won’t be writing code, but will be starting with basic coding. Pre-written codes can be dragged and dropped into a sequence to make your on-screen character jump, grab coins, and more. Bushee says they teach kids as young as fourth grade how to make games.
Moriah Slade, one of the instructors at Gaming Bootcamp, says it starts with the very basics at the beginning of the week with a 2-D gaming construct, and every day builds off of what was learned the day before. By Friday, Slade says the kids can add their own characteristics to their game to really make it personalized. At the end of the week, parents are invited to see their kids’ games. Plus, Bushee says all the programs they use are free, so the kids can keep playing with it and continue learning when they leave.
There is a Gaming Bootcamp coming up June 27 through July 1, and another July 11 through July 15. You can register for the camps here.