iPhone & Android Game Design Camp

Mobile Game Design Camp for iPhone & Android

App Design for iPhone & Android

Course Description

Ever aspire to join the ranks of mobile game designers? In this game design camp, you will learn to create a mobile video game that will work on your phone or tablet – whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, or Android! After a quick introduction to using the touch screen interface, you will dive into creating games using Stencyl, a game creation platform. Using Stencyl’s four primary editors, you will create and edit the game’s code and game logic, create and develop tiles and levels for your game, and have your characters interact with their setting, including behaviors and physics.

In order to install these mobile games to your phone or tablet, your device must be officially supported, updated to the latest software, and you must bring your device to class during camp. At the end of the week, you will take home your .stencyl files on a flash drive, along with your completed games on your phone or tablet.

Camp Information
Information

Genre:
Game Design

Ages:
10-13

Skill Level:
Beg-Adv

Locations:
Berkeley, Danville, Saratoga, Moraga

Software & Hardware:

Hours:
9 AM - 5 PM

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Create Mobile Games

Create impressive looking games for mobile — all with a gentle intro to programming!

Use Mobile Controls

Learn how to code your game with touch and accelerometer based controls for mobile-centric gameplay!

Publish Your Game

You’ll learn how to not just build your game, but how to submit it to both the iPhone App Store and the Android Google Play Store!

Game Design Skills Learned

Campers learn to:

  • How to adapt game design for mobile devices
  • Using the touch and accelerometer interfaces within mobile devices
  • Understanding the unique audience of mobile games
  • Design, build and test their games for mobile devices
  • Create game assets for iPhone and Android
  • Learn to add sound and music
  • How to publish on the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store
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    Prior Game Design Understanding

    This course does not require any previous game development understanding. The only prerequisite for this course required is a love for gaming.

    Equipment and Software Used

    In this iPhone & Android game design camp, each camper will have access to a custom-built, high-end computer and a large monitor. Students will be using professional game design tools from the gaming industry, including Stencyl, iPhone & Android deployment tools, the iPhone App Store, and the Google Play Store. Students will need to bring their iPhone or Android device to camp, which must be up to date and supported.

    Camp Dates & Registration

    Camp Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (Full Day) | 9 AM – 12 PM (AM) | 1 PM – 4 PM (PM)

    Other Location Information will be available on Jan 15, 2017

    Sample Day

    Each day at Vision Tech Camps is carefully planned to ensure a personalized learning experience and to ensure that each student meets their individual goals. Our flexible schedule provides time for group instruction, one on one attention, project completion, and teamwork exercises.

    7:30 am: Extended Care Check In 

    Early check-in for campers who have chosen the AM Extended Care Option – students can choose from a variety of pre-camp activities.

    8:30 am – 9:00 am: Rolling Drop off

    Check-in and pre-camp activities, including introductions & hardware & computer distribution

    9:00 am – 9:15 am: Welcome and review of daily schedule

    Students connect with instructors, ask questions, and instructors go over the course outline

    9:15 am – 10:30 am: Core Tech Modules

    This hour is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught

    10:30 am – 11:00 am: Break

    Students can spend their free time having snacks, drinks, continue working independently, play, reading, or relax on the sofa

    11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Core Tech Modules

    This hour is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

    Kids & teens who have ordered our Meal Plan will be provided their hot lunch. Other students may bring their own bag lunch and eat outside under the supervision of camp staff. Students may utilize nearby parks to play and experience the outdoors.

    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Core Tech Modules

    This period is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught

    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

    Students can spend their free time having snacks, drinks, continue working independently, play, reading, or relax on the sofa

    3:30 pm – 5:00 am: Core Tech Modules & Wrap Up

    This period is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught. Kids & teens wrap up the day’s projects.

    5:00 pm – 5:15pm : Pick up Time

    Parents pick up kids & teens who are not enrolled in extended care. 

    5:15pm – 6:15pm: Extended Care Pick Up Time

    Students in extended care are picked up

    Vision Tech Camps Instruction

    Real Instruction. Quality STEM Summer Tech Projects

    We believe that learning technology should be part of kids & teens summer camp experiences. Summer tech camps offer kids a relaxed and fun way to explore their tech interests and gain an edge for college or university. At Vision Tech Camps, we pride ourselves on building STEM curriculum with concrete learning goals, where teachers initially lead students through lessons with a projector, followed by students doing their own projects on their computers. This way, kids & teens learn the basics and go on to explore their interests, resulting in tech projects that students are proud to call their own at the end of the course.

    Beginner through Advanced Students

    Our STEM summer camps are designed to accommodate a wide skill range, challenging the most advanced students, while encouraging beginners to take that first step into the field. We achieve that through hiring instructors who are tech savvy, and a technology curriculum that is adjustable for all skill levels. In addition, our low student-to-instructor ratio, which is kept at 8:1 instructor to student ratio – *not* a staff ratio, allows plenty of personalized one-on-one attention during the summer course.

    Comfortable & Private Facilities

    Since we own our two tech camp facilities at Danville & Saratoga, students feel comfortable and at ease at our facilities. As these are our permanent summer camp locations, we are able to minimize technical difficulties ahead of time and provide the most advanced tech hardware, custom-built computers, and professional grade software to our campers for a more enjoyable summer tech camp.

    The Best Computer Camp Instructors

    Vision Tech only hires the most passionate and caring instructors who are also experienced in the individual course material they are hired to teach. We train each instructor personally and instill them with Vision Tech teaching practices and values, ensuring that all students have fun in our summer camps, learn skills, and most importantly are inspired to continue their journey long after they have left our summer tech camps.

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