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MASON GAME & TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY
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MASON GAME & TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY FALL & SPRING CLASSES

Want to learn what it takes to design computer and video games? The Mason Game & Technology Academy and 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. Classes and workshops are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters during the school year.

Semester: FALL 2015 (September thru December)
Group Class Schedule At-A-Glance

Game DesignCATEGORY: MINECRAFT MODDING COURSES
• INTRODUCTORY AND ADVANCED MINECRAFT JAVA MODDING
Ages: 10 to 18yrs (or with instructor's permission)
Minecraft Modding using Java is a student driven programming experience which focuses on learning good coding habits in a Java environment. Over ten sessions, students will acclimate themselves to Minecraft Modding using Java, and develop their ability to comment, use Java libraries, and integrate their modding ideas into a final design and creation of their own unique, customized mod for Minecraft. Topics covered include the creation of modding blocks, materials, items (including armor), tools, mobs/monsters, environment settings, and recipes. The instructor will walk them through step-by-step how to code each of these modifications. They will use the Java IDE Eclipse, a tool used by many professionals in the software industry and modding community, to create their mods. Course Outcome: Students will be able to create, test, and export their mods. This course is limited in size, and will accommodate both introductory and advanced students.

SUNDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Sept 27 - Dec 6 (10 2-hr classes)
No class Nov 29th (Thanksgiving)
Teacher:TBA Location: Mason Art&Design Building in Fairfax
Cost:$475* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Game DesignCATEGORY: GAME DESIGN COURSES
• DIGITAL ART FOR GAMES
Ages: 9 to 13yrs (or with instructor's permission)
In this course, students will learn the role and responsibilities of digital artists in the game design field. Students will receive general and intermediary digital painting lessons using Wacom Digital drawing tablets, and learn the game studio tricks and shortcuts found in Photoshop CS6. They will have fun as they learn to recreate their favorite game characters!

SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, Sept 26 - Dec 12 (10 2-hr classes)
No class Oct 17th and Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)
Teacher:TBA Location: Mason Art&Design Building in Fairfax
Cost:$475* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Game DesignCATEGORY: PROGRAMMING COURSES
• VISUAL PYTHON - AN INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING
Ages: 10 to 18yrs (or with instructor's permission) - Grades 4 and higher recommended
This course is an excellent introduction to programming for students with no coding experience. This course incorporates the illustrative features of Turtle Logo with a systematic computing language, Python. While learning to code in Python, students will be able to observe their code in an illustrative patterns and designs. This is a fun way to integrate art/design, computer science, and geometry all tied into one course!

SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, Sept 26 - Dec 12 (10 2-hr classes)
No class Oct 17th and Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)
Teacher:TBA Location: Mason Art&Design Building in Fairfax
Cost:$475* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Game DesignCATEGORY: PROGRAMMING COURSES
• INTRO TO WEB DESIGN (HTML AND JAVA SCRIPT)

Ages: 11 to 18yrs (or with instructor's permission) - Grades 5 and higher recommended

This course is an engaging way to teach the basics of HTML and JAVA Script as students apply the techniques they learn in class to create their own website! This course also functions as a bridge to more advanced web based programming languages such as Java.

SATURDAYS, 1:00PM-3:00PM, Sept 26 - Dec 12 (10 2-hr classes)
No class Oct 17th and Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)
Teacher:TBA Location: Mason Art&Design Building in Fairfax
Cost:$475* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Game DesignCATEGORY: ENGINEERING/MATH COURSES
• ADVANCED ENGINEERING MATH I

Ages: 15 to 18yrs (or with instructor's permission) - Grades 10 and higher recommended
Pre-Requisites: Algebra I and Geometry is required - no exceptions. Algebra II is Recommended.

This course explores different concepts from Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry and how they are applied in Engineering. The class teaches multiple methods solving simultaneous equations, Gaussian Matrix RREF, graphing Linear Systems, Transitions to Parabolic Systems, Limit Theorem, and an introduction to Elementary Calculus as applied to an Engineering environment. This class serves a excellent tool for SAT readiness. Highly recommended for High School Sophomores and higher. Students should bring their own laptop, when possible.

SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, Sept 26 - Dec 12 (10 2-hr classes)
No class Oct 17th and Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)
Teacher:TBA Location: Mason Art&Design Building in Fairfax
Cost:$475* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Science Class

CATEGORY: CREATIVE SCIENCE COURSES
• CRAZY CHEMISTS - INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY
Ages: 6 to 9yrs (Grades 1-3 recommended)
Come and explore the many facets of Chemistry by conducting a multitude of hands on experiments. Each week you’ll learn a new scientific term while conducting exciting experiments. You’ll not just learn the meaning of viscosity by testing different liquids, but you’ll learn how to change a liquid's viscosity by adding or removing energy. We’ll also learn how to shoot Co2 rockets into the air, grow two different types of crystals, make your very own glue from milk, and so much, much more! Each week our crazy chemists will learn a new scientific word or term and conduct experiments to understand each.

Want to make a day of it and take Oceanography in the afternoon as well? Check the "$10 Lunchtime Supervision Option" during registration and bring a non-refrigerated bag lunch!

SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, Sept 26 - Dec 12 (10 2-hr classes)
No class Oct 17th and Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)
Teacher:TBA Location: Mason Art&Design Building in Fairfax
Cost:$300* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Science ClassCATEGORY: CREATIVE SCIENCE COURSES
• SLUMBER PARTY SNACKS - MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY
Ages: 9 to 12yrs (Grades 4-6 recommended)
Turn an ordinary slumber party into an exciting molecular gastronomy feast with a new take on your old favorites! Come and experiment cooking in a whole new way by adding a little chemistry into each dish. We’ll turn leafy green spinach into long strands of pasta, fruit into fancy foams, your favorite waffle toppings into fluff, and much, much more. Our young chefs will experiment with interesting ingredients as such lecithin, agar agar, xanthan gum, calcium lactate, and sodium alginate. - Allergy Information: Milk, eggs, strawberries, nuts, and gluten -

Want to make a day of it and take Crime Scene Analysis in the afternoon as well? Check the "$10 Lunchtime Supervision Option" during registration and bring a non-refrigerated bag lunch!


SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, Sept 26 - Dec 12 (10 2-hr classes)
No class Oct 17th and Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)
Teacher:TBA Location: Mason Art&Design Building in Fairfax
Cost:$300+20supply* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Science ClassCATEGORY: CREATIVE SCIENCE COURSES
• COASTAL CADETS - OCEANOGRAPHY
Ages: 6 to 9yrs (Grades 1-3 recommended)
Hop on board our imaginary ship and travel the oceans to learn about the science of oceanography! Our young sea cadets will explore the many facets of being an oceanographer while conducting hands on experiments. We’ll learn about the layers of the oceans by creating our very own mini oceans and seeing what floats or sinks due to density. Our coastal cadets will also experiment with buoyancy by engineering different shaped hulls to see what floats and why. We'll also explore sea currents and tides, temperature changes, weather, waves and much much more! Each week our coastal cadets will learn a new oceanographic topic or term and conduct experiments to understand each.

SATURDAYS, 12:30N-2:30PM, Sept 26 - Dec 12 (10 2-hr classes)
No class Oct 17th and Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)
Teacher:TBA Location: Mason Art&Design Building in Fairfax
Cost:$300* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Science ClassCATEGORY: CREATIVE SCIENCE COURSES
• SLEUTH SCIENCE - CRIME SCENE ANALYSIS
Ages: 9 to 12yrs (Grades 4-6 recommended)
Have you ever wondered how crime scene investigators catch the criminals? Well, in this class you as a young detective will learn different investigative methods to solve crime scenes by analyzing the evidence presented. You’ll be able to spot a forged signature, distinguish between animal and human hair, read blood spatter patterns, and much more. The first hour of each class you’ll learn a new skill with hands on experiments, while the second half is dedicated to investigating a crime scene. Here you'll able to put your newly found skills in action. Are you ready to solve the crime?

SATURDAYS, 12:30N-2:30PM, Sept 26 - Dec 12 (10 2-hr classes)
No class Oct 17th and Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)
Teacher:TBA Location: Mason Art&Design Building in Fairfax
Cost:$300* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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SCRiYBCATEGORY: ON-LINE COURSES
ARCHIVED COURSES AVAILABLE!
ALL Ages
We are happy to announce that many of our Summer 2015 On-Line Game Design Courses have been archived and are now available for purchase! Please see the Class List on the SCRiYB site and look for classes marked as "[ARCHIVED]". For more information, contact Program Director Vera Lichtenberg at vlichten@gmu.edu .

Cost:$99
PURCHASE ARCHIVED ON-LINE COURSES THROUGH SCRiYB SITE!

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 Mason'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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