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Game Creation Course
for Ages 8-10 Ages 8-10

Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School 2019
| St Mary's School, Ascot


Gaming is now one of the most popular ways to connect with media, and with other people. The global gaming industry is worth more than $100 billion dollars, and it's still growing. With this comes a world of opportunity in terms of careers and future study paths for today's children. ORA's Game Creation for ages 8-10 course allows students to prepare for that future in a fun, creative and engaging way.

1-week programme | Available July - August 2019

Oxford Royale also offers a Game Creation course for ages 11-12

  • Live, dine and study in a top UK boarding school
  • Build games using the 'Construct 3' engine and learn the fundamentals of graphics and gameplay
  • Safe and fun learning and living environment
  • Make new friends in a truly international environment
  • Enjoyable cultural programme, including activities and excursions
  • Improve your English by interacting with native English speakers
 

Course Summary

Creating a computer game requires skills in a number of complementary areas, including abilities in coding/programming, artistic design, sound effects, music and more. Big game development houses, such as EA and Rockstar, combine these by employing hundreds of talented specialists and project managers, while smaller firms rely on a small number of multi-faceted individuals who can play different roles.

The Game Creation for ages 8-10 course is designed to introduce our youngest students to the world of computer game coding, providing them with practical experience and helping them to develop transferable skills for future educational endeavours.

This one-week course can be combined with the Coding with Scratch for ages 8-10 course for a two-week tech summer school.

Where could the Game Creation course lead you?

Why choose Game Creation?

Participants on this course will create games using an engine called Construct 2. A powerful engine, yet considered perfect for beginners, Construct 2 is based on HTML5. Instead of typing out code, students will use Construct 3's block-based, drag and drop interface, which allows them to bring their ideas to life much more quickly!

Construct 3 also allows students to add sound and graphics to their games, and make exciting things happen using behaviours and events.

How will the Game Creation course help me?

Students will first learn about the building blocks of video games, including graphics, actions and events. Participants will then move on to making their own 'Space Defence'-themed game - they will determine how a character is controlled, how the enemies in the game behave, and add multiple levels and more intelligent enemies as they go.

In producing two functioning games, students will gain an appreciation of how to plan and manage a small game coding project. This will be a useful transferable skill for school projects, and beyond!

Another key transferable skills students will get the chance to work on is problem solving. Problem solving is very important in programming - not everything works first time, and students will develop skills in course-correction and initiative to find solutions, build workarounds and spot problems in the first instance.

Is this the course for me?

If you would like to learn how to create your own game from scratch, watch it take shape before your eyes, and have great fun playing against new friends from all over the world, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

During this intensive one-week game development course, students will cover all the key skills required to build simple games, including:

  • An introduction to Construct 3, sprites, graphics and gameplay.
  • Actions and events within games.
  • Game planning and design: movement, animation, sound effects and scoring.
  • Game debugging and problem solving.
  • Adding levels and special effects, and polishing the game.
  • At the end of the course, students will have created a simple game.

What will you get out of the Game Creation course?

Students attending the Game Creation course will leave the course with knowledge of the basic building blocks of games from the perspective of the Construct 3 engine. They will have designed and built two games, exercising their problem-solving skills along the way, and reach the end of the course with a desirable life skill which they can take forward into future programming opportunities.

Day-by-Day Schedule

Day Lesson Content
Monday - Introductions
- First look at Construct 3
- Sprites
- Graphics and gameplay
- Actions and events
Tuesday - Game planning and design
- Movement and animation
- Sound effects and scoring
Wednesday No lessons: excursion day
Thursday - Debugging and problem solving
- Final project commencement
- Initial design, players and enemies, more design
Friday - Final project continuation
- Adding levels
- Adding special effects
- Polishing your game
- Sharing your creation

Welcome to St Mary's School, Ascot - your home this summer

A birds-eye view of the facilities at St Mary's School, Ascot

Students on our Junior summer school courses at St Mary's School, Ascot, will enjoy the facilities of one of the top boarding schools in the UK, with its extensive grounds and well-equipped learning spaces.

During lessons, students will be taught by experienced tutors, while outside of class they will enjoy a varied extracurricular programme in a safe environment, led by our student counsellors.

The international environment, combined with top-quality tutoring in a world-class venue, make Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School the best junior summer school in the UK.

Students enjoying their time at St Mary's School
A group of students listening to a guest lecture
Two students sat on a bench at St Mary's School, Ascot

Useful information for students & parents

Accommodation

Students will be accommodated in comfortable twin or dormitory rooms, separated by gender - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for school pupils who study at St Mary's School, Ascot, so students are able to get a flavour for what being a pupil at this prestigious UK boarding school is like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who are there to help pupils with their daily needs and to run activities for them outside of class. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Residential staff live in the school throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.
  • Should check the prerequisites of each course they select before enrolling.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of workshops for our junior students in either a Science or Arts topic. In previous years, guest science speakers from the Royal Institution have delivered fascinating science workshops and experiments to our young students.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to a place of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our junior students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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