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Computer & Video Game Design Classes for Kids & Teens


Game & Technology Classes

Want to learn what it takes to design computer and video games? The Potomac Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA offers the perfect blend of university-quality game design teachers and a friendly environment with other kids from the community.

The GMU Computer Game Design Program presents:

Mason Game & Technology Academy

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM ON THE SUMMER WEBPAGES!

Semester: SPRING 2015 (January/February thru May/June)
Group Class Schedule At-A-Glance

Game DesignMODDING: MINECRAFT WORKSHOPS
Ages: 9 to 14yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
This new two-weekend workshop is designed to fit every level of Minecraft experience: Xtreme modding using Java (for those who have already taken our modding classes), beginner modding, and intermediate modding and Pixel Art for those who want to refine their modding skills. Two Saturdays of fun and modding with friends for each workshop! This workshop can be taken once, twice or all three times and will build on your experience each time. Register for any or all of the following workshops!
*IMPORTANT: Participants are expected to already have their own Minecraft account (with login and password).

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, FEB 21ST & FEB 28TH
10:00AM-4:00PM with 1 hr lunchtime (2 five-hour classes)
Teacher: TBA
Location: Art & Design Building 2002, GMU Campus
Cost: $255* (split payment plan available - $10 surcharge)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER NOW!

MARCH WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, MAR 21ST & MAR 28TH
10:00AM-4:00PM with 1 hr lunchtime (2 five-hour classes)
Teacher: TBA
Location: Art & Design Building 2002, GMU Campus
Cost: $255* (split payment plan available - $10 surcharge)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER NOW!

APRIL WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, APR 11TH & APR 25TH
10:00AM-4:00PM with 1 hr lunchtime (2 five-hour classes)
Teacher: TBA
Location: Art & Design Building 2002, GMU Campus
Cost: $255* (split payment plan available - $10 surcharge)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER NOW!

Game DesignJAVA I WORKSHOPS - Review, Reinforce, Program!
Ages: 13 to 18yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
This workshop is designed for students who have completed Java I Programming and have a basic understanding of the Java language and syntax. Students will practice applying their knowledge of Java by creating a card/board game using Java structures such as classes, methods, arrays, and loops. Take one or double up on your review and take both. Each class will review the same concepts but program a different game.

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, FEB 28TH
10:00AM-4:00PM with 1 hr lunchtime (1 five-hour class)
Teacher: TBA
Location: Art & Design Building 2001, GMU Campus
Cost: $175*
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER NOW!

MARCH WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, MAR 28TH
10:00AM-4:00PM with 1 hr lunchtime (1 five-hour class)
Teacher: TBA
Location: Art & Design Building 2001, GMU Campus
Cost: $175*
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER NOW!

Game DesignINTRO TO GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP
Ages: 9 to 12yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
The journey begins here for those who are interested in the exciting world of Computer Game Design. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of designing a computer game, where they are encouraged to work together in an interactive environment with other kids of similar interests and experience. Students will build and expand upon their own game ideas, with hands-on introduction to current game engine tools. This course prepares the younger students for the more in-depth Intro to Game Design summer course, and the older students for the 3D summer course.

MARCH WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, MAR 7TH & MAR 14TH
10:00AM-4:00PM with 1 hr lunchtime (2 five-hour classes)
Teacher: TBA
Location: Art & Design Building 2002, GMU Campus
Cost: $255* (split payment plan available - $10 surcharge)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER NOW!

Game DesignINTRO TO COMPUTER HARDWARE DESIGN
WORKSHOP - Learn to Build a Computer!
Ages: 13 to 18yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
Students will learn the fundamental structure of computer hardware. Whether a computer runs Windows, Mac, Linux, or other OS, all computers use the same hardware. This course will cover all the essential components of a computer system, their purpose and functions. Additional non-essential parts will be discussed such as different cooling systems, graphics cards for gaming, and different hardware I/O. Students will build a computer in class using our demo components and by the end of class, will have sufficient knowledge to build a basic computer outside of class. Additional class time may be scheduled if students are interested in custom computer design.

FEBRUARY/MARCH WORKSHOP: SUNDAY, FEB 22ND & MAR 1ST
1:00PM-5:30PM (2 4.5-hour classes)
Teacher: TBA
Location: Art & Design Building 2001, GMU Campus
Cost: $255* (split payment plan available - $10 surcharge)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER NOW!

Game DesignSPACE ENGINEERS WORKSHOP - Create, Learn and Play! Ages: 13 to 18yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
This course focuses on exploring principles of physics as presented by the critically acclaimed space simulator, Space Engineers. Students will learn about mass, momentum, collision, force, and fuel reserves/expenditures through a series of team-based games and challenge designed to be fun and educational with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving. This class will also provide an overview of the modding API for this game. It is recommended that students purchase the game if they wish to access it from home.

APRIL WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, APR 11TH & APR 25TH
10:00AM-4:00PM with 1 hr lunchtime (2 five-hour classes)
Teacher: TBA
Location: Art & Design Building 2001, GMU Campus
Cost: $255* (split payment plan available - $10 surcharge)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER NOW!

Game DesignALGEBRA + COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE - presented by Elite Academic Institute and MathCloud
Ages: 10 to 13yrs (recommended - call to inquire)

Description coming soon!






SUNDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Mar 1 - May 10 (10 2-hour classes)
No class April 5th
Teacher: TBA Location: Art & Design Building 2002, GMU Campus
Cost: $TBA*(split payment plan available - $10 surcharge)
STATUS: PENDING     REGISTER NOW!

Game DesignINTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONICS WORKSHOP
(offered by Mindframe Education)
Ages: 9 - 14yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
In this hands-on course, students will learn the fundamentals of electronics and electrical engineering by doing simple projects and experiments. Students will learn basic electronics concepts and theories as they build circuits and learn how to control devices such as LEDs, sensors, relays, and buzzers. Students will work on projects such as ‘Experiencing Electricity’, ‘Switching Basics & More’, and ‘Build an Intrusion Alarm’. This course is a fun, hands-on way to bring out the ‘maker’ and ’tinkerer’ in each student.

MARCH WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, MAR 7TH & MAR 14TH
10:00AM-4:00PM with 1 hr lunchtime (2 five-hour classes)
Teacher: Mindframe Education
Location: Art & Design Building 2001, GMU Campus
Cost: $255* + $10supply (split payment plan available - $10 surcharge)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER NOW!   

MindframeCOURSE TBA -
AT MINDFRAME FACILITY Ages: TBA

Located at the Mindframe Facility in Ashburn, VA - Description coming soon!



DETAILS TBA

REGISTER THROUGH MINDFRAME WEBSITE
Workhouse Arts Center GAME DESIGN PROGRAMS FOR AGES 6 TO 8YRS
The Mason Game & Technology Academy will continue to coordinate with the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA to provide engaging Computer Game Design educational classes to young children ages 6 through 8. Please note registration for these specific classes are NOT run through GMU's Potomac Arts Academy. Please visit the Workhouse website for more information!

WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER WEBSITE





 

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All instructors and schedules are subject to change.

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