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Game Creation Course
for Ages 8-12 Ages 8-12

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


ORA's Game Creation summer course for ages 8-12 course allows students to make their first steps into the world of programming in a fun, creative and engaging way.

1-week programme | Available July - August 2019

  • Live, dine and study in a top UK boarding school
  • Build games using the Construct 2 or 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

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

Students will use the Construct 2 or Construct 3 engines to create cross-platform, 2-dimensional games. They will start from design, set up the layout and add logic, movements and winning conditions, all without previous experience in game making.

For those interested in a longer programming experience, this course can be combined with Coding with Scratch to make a two-week coding summer school.

What to expect from the Game Creation course

Students will begin by learning about the building blocks of video games, including graphics, actions and events. Participants will then make their own playable Space-themed game, determining how a character is controlled, how the enemies in the game behave and how the storyline and challenges progress.

By producing 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 future careers.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • An introduction to Construct 2 or Construct 3, sprites, graphics and gameplay
  • An understanding of game planning and design, including movement, animation, sound effects and scoring
  • Knowledge about game debugging and problem solving
  • Produced a playable game
  • An understanding of adding levels and special effects, and polishing the game

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.

Take this course if...

Take this course if you would like to learn how to create your own game from scratch and learn valuable programming skills.

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.

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(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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