GamesLab: Coding and Game Design in Scratch

Price
Single Ticket: R1700
2 or more tickets: R1590
Camp Duration
2 days / 14 – 16 hours
Grades
2 – 5

MIT’s Scratch is the gold-standard for teaching kids to code across the world.  In GamesLab, we learn to make use of this powerful platform. Step by step, students learn to master the various elements needed to produce their very own game.

We explore 2D character and level design along with the coding skills needed to move our creations about the screen. Then, after playing and analysing a professionally designed Scratch game, we start to integrate some of the ideas learned into our very own creation.

What will my Child Learn?

Scratch Animation

Your child will learn to draw and move backgrounds, characters and other on-screen elements to tell simple stories and complete mini-projects and activities.

Fundamental Code

You child will learn (or refresh) basic coding principles that can be applied in many different contexts. They will learn to manipulate on-screen elements with a simple drag-and-drop coding interface.

Game Design

Your child will use the Animation and Coding skills they have learned to build a simple Scratch Mini-Game which can be taken home. They will learn basic game design principles to make their game engaging and unique.

Essential Requirements for GamesLab

1

What Should We Bring?

You will need to supply your child with lunch and snacks. There is nothing else needed.
2

What Should We Know?

Your child does NOT need any prior Scratch or Coding experience. However, it is strongly recommended that they be familiar with a mouse and keyboard.
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What Happens in a Think Camp Day?

Day Start

Arrive at the venue anytime between 7:30am and 8:00am where you and your child will meet the Instructors and Tutors. Your child can get involved in off-screen, pre-camp activities where they will meet like-minded peers.

Day End

Each day will end at 3pm. On the last day, there will be a short presentation and certificate ceremony between 3pm and 3:20pm. Thereafter, you will get a chance to view the magnificent work your child has accomplished throughout the camp.

Projects & Problems

We will explore new projects and problems throughout each day in 45 - 60 minute periods. You child will be part of a small group which will have its own tutor on hand to assist with any difficulties.

Games & Activities

We will take 2 long breaks during the day. There will also be a couple of shorter breaks where your child will take part in off-screen competitions and activities.

Select a Date & Venue

23 - 24 March
Parktown Girls High, (Parkview, JHB)
16 - 17 April
Brescia House School, (Bryanston, JHB)
29 - 30 April
St Andrew's (Senderwood, JHB)
Next Dates
Coming Soon