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 that will help them in their 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.
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 2's block-based, drag and drop interface, which allows them to bring their ideas to life much more quickly!
Construct 2 also allows students to add sound and graphics to their games, and make exciting things happen using behaviours and events.
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.
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.
During this intensive one-week game development course, students will cover all the key skills required to build simple games, including:
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 2 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.
- First look at Construct 2
- Graphics and gameplay
- Actions and events
- Game planning and design
- Movement and animation
- Sound effects and scoring
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- Debugging and problem solving
- Final project commencement
- Initial design, players and enemies, more design
- Final project continuation
- Adding levels
- Adding special effects
- Polishing your game
- Sharing your creation
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 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.
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.
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