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Python & PyGame Video Game Design Camp (Day Camp)

Video Game Design Camp
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Dates: July 16th - 20th, 2018.

Middle School: This camp is for students entering grades 5 - 9.

Interested in learning how to build your own video games but don't know where to start? Learn how using the Python programing language and Pygame, a free and open source library for making multimedia application like video games.

Python and PyGame Video Game Design Camp

  • Explore popular video games
  • Learn the essentials of game design
  • Develop a game story
  • Create game characters
  • Invent game goals and rules
  • Storyboard game scenarios
  • Design a video game using Python
  • Create sound effects
  • Program a playable game!

Using computer-based tools, students will take their design ideas through to the prototype stage of a playable video game. The camp will help students develop skills like complex problem solving, working in teams, project management, and using computer software for design. Much of the software used during the camp is freely available online, and students can continue to use it after the camp. A full list of resources will be made available to students for further study after the camp.

Time: 9am to 4pm.
Location: Northern Illinois University, Founders Memorial Library, Digital Convergence Lab (DCL) Room 338. Students will be met on the turn around on the west side of the library (Carroll Ave) between 8:45 - 9AM. If a student is late a parent will have to walk the child to Room 338. Children are not allowed to come up to the lab alone. Pick-up is at the same location at 4PM. All students must be signed in and out each day by an adult.

Program Fees: Cost for participation in this program is $250. We only have space for 20 participants, so early registration is recommended. For more information contact Michael Swope:

Registration Materials: Links to required forms are provided below. Required forms must be completed, signed, and submitted before participants are allowed to attend this program!

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