Video Game Palooza summer camps are week-long day camps that run Monday through Friday from 9am – 4pm. Each day our camp is broken up into two sessions: Create & Play.
Create (morning session):
Our create sessions are targeted lessons for our campers based on the camp they are attending. These are in the areas of video game design, graphics, web design, and more. We provide a few lessons in the morning at around 30 minutes each. After each lesson we allow the campers to have hands on experience with what they’ve learned in a modified or more challenging way. There is a low counselor to student ratio so any questions are answered quickly. We’re able to expose the campers to a lot of different technology project and game genres, so by the end of the week they can create their own games or multimedia projects.
Play (afternoon session):
If they weren’t having enough fun making their own games and media, our afternoon play session allow campers to accomplish objective-based game play with each other. We also do team-based game play as a fun competition. We target games (such as Minecraft) that echo concepts that they learn in their create session, but we also give them ability to interact with other campers in game. With each camp we split our campers into 10 – 15 groups which allows for fun gaming competitions between counselor-led teams.
All camps provide all computer hardware and software that is needed for a successful camp.
Ages 10 – 14. OUR MOST POPULAR PROGRAM! In this camp you will create your own 3D worlds and add in pre-made characters and functionality through click and drag programming interface. We utilize Microsoft Kodu software. It is best for younger individuals without a lot of experience with game creation.
Ages 10 – 14. This camp allows kids to learn to make their own creations in graphic design software through learning design basics. You will learn how to create your own characters, backgrounds, enemies, obstacles, stages, etc. that can be used as assets in a video game.
Mobile Phone Game Creation
Ages 12 – 16. In this camp you will use Construct 2 software to create a game that can be utilized on a mobile device. This software also utilizes drag and drop programming but with more in depth abilities. You will create your own worlds, learn to create their own characters, and learn to animate those characters.
Ages 12 – 16. This advanced camp deals with modern-day web design and interactivity on a web page. Topics will include HTML, CSS, and building animations through Adobe Edge software. We will be creating interactive projects and potentially basic games with this software.
Ages 12 – 16. Learn the skills needed to do your own live streams of the video games you play. Learn how to utilize audio & video equipment to record game play, in-game audio, player audio, and caster commentary. Also learn to apply lighting techniques and record casters in an actual video studio. Connect to Twitch.tv to understand how to bring it all together in this popular streaming format.