A Warm Welcome to Game Programming in the Scratch World for Grades 5 to 7! The classes are 1.5 hours long.
Brickineers classes are motivating and engaging and have become the weekly highlight of many youngsters!
Requirements for Game Programming Classes: (1) a computer at home, (2) internet access, (3) time set aside for your child to program and play our computer games.
The purpose of the Game Programming classes is to teach logical thinking, planning and programming skills. Games are used as positive reinforcement and motivation to learn.
Eeeep eeep! Blam Blam! Whoooeeeee! Great fun learning how to program when creating games with Scratch! Join the worldwide community of millions of Scratch programmers and be part of the makers. Learning how to program in Scratch prepares the learner for all other programming languages. How to visualize problems is a fundamental and important skill in almost all arts and science subjects. Our learners will take the first steps towards this goal by learning how to visualize programming structures and how to apply them to solve problems. We will use the Top Down Modular method of programming, include storyboarding, flowcharting and development of algorithms in addition to game theory to scaffold learning while creating entertaining games.
The Game Programming classes have been reorganized to allow a faster and more comprehensive introduction to programming for the Senior Levels. It is recognized that many parents do not know how to program and cannot help their children, so the lesson plans have been rewritten to fit the needs of beginners. The needs of children in Grades 5 to 7 are very different from the needs of children in lower and higher grades, and the programming classes have been split into grade groups for a better fit.
Children will dive into programming games with step by step instructions. Fortunately, Scratch’s visual drag and drop programming make it a joy to learn. Programs and graphics can be saved to flash drives and taken home!
Scratch is similar to visual RobotC, thus anyone with VEX IQ kits, or LEGO Mindstorms, would benefit hugely from taking this camp. In fact, we hope all participants will proceed to Robotics classes and camps in the future.
In the Lost Interview with Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”