Video Game Design for Kids

Help your child create their own video game to share with their friends!

How would you like to help your child (Ages 7-10) create their own original video game?  This course helps kids learn to make games via a simple visual programming language. This program is a great entry into design and programming skills. Students will follow a kid-friendly process similar to real video game designers who create the games they play at home!

What you’ll learn

  • Students learn programming logic to code characters’ behaviors and reactions to events in their games..
  • Students learn to use the tools available in Kodu to create land, water, mountains, buildings, and more..
  • Students learn more advanced coding to give their characters power-ups..
  • Students complete game design planning prior to starting their final projects to create the best video game possible..

Course Content

  • Class Introduction –> 1 lecture • 5min.
  • Kodu Installation –> 1 lecture • 6min.
  • Kodu Basics –> 1 lecture • 9min.
  • Introduction to Coding in Kodu –> 1 lecture • 17min.
  • Map Design –> 2 lectures • 20min.
  • Player and NPC Coding –> 2 lectures • 19min.
  • Power Ups –> 1 lecture • 15min.
  • Game Creation and Publishing –> 3 lectures • 18min.

Video Game Design for Kids

Requirements

  • Basic Computer Skills.
  • Be able to use a mouse and keyboard..
  • Kodu Game Lab Program– Free Download– Only works on a Windows based PC..

How would you like to help your child (Ages 7-10) create their own original video game?  This course helps kids learn to make games via a simple visual programming language. This program is a great entry into design and programming skills. Students will follow a kid-friendly process similar to real video game designers who create the games they play at home!

  • Students learn programming logic to code characters’ behaviors and reactions to events in their games.  All programming in Kodu is WHEN/DO (similar to IF/THEN statements).
  • Students learn to use the tools available in Kodu to create land, water, mountains, buildings, and more.
  • Students learn more advanced coding to give their characters power-ups.  This involves creating parallel programming that changes the behavior of their characters based on a specific event.
  • Students complete game design planning prior to starting their final projects to create the best video game possible.

Important: Kodu currently only runs on Windows.  Please test running Kodu prior to signing up for the class.  Kodu is a free download.  Simply Google “Kodu.”  This course is designed for parents that want to introduce their kids (Ages 7-10) to coding and video game design.