After School Program – A Gamers’ Education

Dates: This workshop occurs every Saturday, starting on September 23rd. Drop in for any session, or join us for all of them! Each week we will work on something different.

Times & Age Groups:
10:30am to 12:00pm,  ages ~8 to ~11
12:15pm to 1:45pm, ages ~12 to ~14
2:00pm to 3:30pm, ages ~15 to ~18

Cost: We are asking $10 p/person*

Workshop: A Gamers’ Education seeks to provide learning opportunities through highly interactive digital environments, aka: video games. Our long term goal with this workshop is to assemble the foundation for open source educational curricula based around playing, and building video games. There are a number of options out there, and each week we will have an instructor lead session. Below are a few example activities:

Code Hero blurs the line between video game and educational tool. It provides the user with a highly visual introduction into programming. Users maneuver through a 3D world,  picking up and modifying snippets of computer code in order to solve puzzles. The more information the user soaks in, the quicker they can advance.

MineCraft provides an amazing environment for creative team building exercises. What happens in a group when resources are limited vs. infinite? Will users band together, or stick it out on their own to survive the night? How well will they handle an exercise that requires people to work together in order to build within a time constraint?

Processing, Codecademy, KhanAcademy, and Scratch are just a few options that provide users with an easier, and often highly visual entry into programming. Help us experiment with these to find out how early we can get individuals into programming, and the challenges that arise at different ages.

EchoChrome, Lemmings, LittleBigPlanet, and Portal provide wonderful environments for creative building and exploration. Are some puzzles easier or harder at different ages? Can users turn designs on paper into three dimensional environments within a game?

Please note:
1) We only have 8 spots p/week. If you’re interested, please sign up ahead of time!

2) Follow us! We will provide details  about what our plan is for the next class, and a follow up discussing what the students and staff learned. We would love any feedback or thoughts you might have.


* Pay what you can, pay what you think it’s worth. Please don’t let lack of funds prevent you or someone you know from attending.

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3 Responses to After School Program – A Gamers’ Education

  1. lisapt says:

    Is the $10 per session? If so, I’ve signed up for one time and I hope that holds the spot for a 12-year-old.

  2. jhannibal says:

    Does it start Sat Sept 22? Or the week following? And can you be more specific about which topics on which dates? Thanks!

  3. Lisapt & Jhannibal: It would best if we started this next week, Saturday the 29th of September.

    However, if you were planning on coming down tomorrow (Saturday the 22nd), I will be here until 2:00pm for this!

    Our initial workshop will involve the use of Code Hero & Scratch. We will get a more thorough topic / event listing in the next few days.


    – Josh Williams
    – joshdont *at*

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