Easter holiday 2023 8-12 years - Scratch games coding course
Activity options & fees
We regret that we are unable to run Easter holiday courses this year. (2022)
NOTE: Your child must have already attended a free Taster or Trial session or an after school club to attend this activity.
This fun and educational games coding course involves creating games using Scratch, Pixelmator and Garageband. Students are taught to build complete games using creative coding techniques, and are then encouraged to put into practice what they have learnt to add their own ideas or create their own game.
Scratch games programming is at the heart of our Games Design courses. We use Scratch Desktop to build powerful interactive games, thereby giving our students a visual foothold in the concepts of coding. Scratch is powerful and scalable, allowing both simple coding exercises and the development of complex games. We teach all the components of object-orientated programming, the current industry standard approach. Students learn concepts and skills such as file management, animation, character and object control, and coding concepts such as event handlers, control statements, variables loops, properties and functions. These concepts and skills are industry standard and part of the Computing core curriculum in UK schools.
Games coding is not just about coding. Our students also learn how to create, edit and download images to add to their games, and the various types and uses of image file formats. We use Pixelmator for Mac which emulates many of the features of Photoshop, another industry standard.
Music production and sound FX
Games come to life when music and FX are added. We have an extensive library of FX and our students can produce their own music by layering instrument performances in Garageband.
Teaching content is tailored to challenge and improve each learner's existing skills and knowledge. Learners are continually assessed to establish the level they are working at and to stretch them.
Create then play
Our activities are not simply an opportunity to play games, students must create their own and in only some of our sessions are they permitted to play games others have created.
Age range & SEN
This activity is suitable for any 8-12 year old child who has some experience of Scratch or has a keen interest in learning coding. Is your child ready?