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Adventures in Game Development

Kids Camp  Ages 8-12

Develop and Test Unique Mobile Games

Showcase your personality by creating a game that’s as unique as yourself. Discover the incredible world of game development and learn real-world game design principles such as game theory, character creation, bug testing and publishing. With a focus on mobile game development, you’ll create game assets and explore problem-solving. At the end of the week, you get to take your game home, upload it to your device and show it off to friends and family.

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software:
Stencyl

Ages: Students 8-12
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Adventures Camp

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Ages: Students 8-12
Hours: Full Day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Adventures Camp
Hardware + Software: Stencyl


Students may bring their own mobile device to class, however this is not required. DMA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning.

What Students Learn

• Understand how to create game elements, such as characters and game items.
• 
Learn the basics of how to use Stencyl and create game assets.
• 
Learn foundational game design principles including bug testing, game design, character creation and publishing.
• Build different types of mobile games.

What Students Create

• A playable video game.

More About This Course

Students will learn the basics of Stencyl and create game assets, all building up to students getting to take a game home at the end of the week. If they want, students can work with Instructors to load their games on their own mobile devices. Instructors and TAs are prepared to modify curriculum to keep students challenged and engaged, so all skill levels are welcome.

The Adventures Experience: Our Adventures camps give elementary level students, ages 8-12, a meaningful, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of technology and design-thinking methodology; challenging them to collaborate with their fellow campers to create solutions to real-world problems.

Students will learn the basics of Stencyl and create game assets, all building up to students getting to take a game home at the end of the week. If they want, students can work with Instructors to load their games on their own mobile devices. Instructors and TAs are prepared to modify curriculum to keep students challenged and engaged, so all skill levels are welcome.

What Students Learn

• Understand how to create game elements, such as characters and game items.
• 
Learn the basics of how to use Stencyl and create game assets.
• Learn foundational game design principles including bug testing, game design, character creation and publishing.
• Build different types of mobile games.

What Students Create

• A playable video game

The Adventures Experience

Our Adventures camps give elementary level students, ages 8-12, a meaningful, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of technology and design-thinking methodology; challenging them to collaborate with their fellow campers to create solutions to real-world problems.

What Students Learn

• Understand how to create game elements, such as characters and game items.
• Learn the basics of how to use Stencyl and create game assets.
• Learn foundational game design principles including bug testing, game design, character creation and publishing.
• Build different types of mobile games.

What Students Create

• A playable video game

The Adventures Experience

Our Adventures camps give elementary level students, ages 8-12, a meaningful, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of technology and design-thinking methodology; challenging them to collaborate with their fellow campers to create solutions to real-world problems.

Download the Course Syllabus

Get to know Adventures in Game Development even better by taking an in-depth look at the syllabus for this course.

Our project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world problems. Have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact us →

Download the Course Syllabus

Get to know Adventures in Game Development even better by taking an in-depth look at the syllabus for this course.

Our project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world problems. Have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact us →

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Camp Overview + Schedule

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition, and explore add-ons.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage
 Low staff to student ratios
 Alumni Club Membership

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

 Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + cloud storage
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + cloud storage
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with DMA when you add any or all of the following:

Lunch Plan

Get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $75/week at select locations.

DMA Online

Start learning now and get ready for camp when you register for an online course! DMA Online is $95 per course.

What Students Are Saying

“Digital Media Academy helped me understand how the game apps on my phone work and how to make my own!”

Owen B.
Adventures in Game Development

The DMA Promise

You can count on us to deliver on all the things that truly matter. We pinky swear.

Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need a mobile device?

No. Students may bring an iPhone, iPad, or Android device if they’d like to publish their game and bring it home to show friends and family. The Instructor of the course will recommend which day to bring the device. If they choose not to bring a device, students will still be able to view games on an “in-app mobile previewer” that mimics a mobile device on their computer. Please note: DMA is not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen personal items.

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