Summer holiday games coding fun for children

Summer holiday 2022 8-12 years Platform arcade Scratch games coding course

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Your child will learn how to code an arcade game complete with action, enemies, and collectables at this fun and inspiring Summer holiday activity. Learn how to make a character climb, fall, jump and run across moving platforms, collect rewards and avoid hazards! This games programming course has been written for children who are either beginners or have some previous experience with Scratch. Students code the game then, progressing at their own speed, add their own ideas including music and sound FX.

Activity options & fees

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At our training studio in Bromley Common BR2 8LU
Maximum 12 students per course
8 - 12 year olds

Four x 2 hour sessions
10am - 12midday each day
August 2022
Tue 2nd, Wed 3rd, Thur 4th, Fri 5th

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NOTE: Your child must have previously attended a free Taster or Trial session or one of our clubs or courses to attend this activity.

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Activity content

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.

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Games coding
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.

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Image design
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.

Garageband music production

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. 

Tailored content
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.

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Our activities cover attainment targets from the National Computing Curriculum.

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?

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