Young Game Makers
Let's Make Some Games
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About

Don't just play games, start making them!

Young Game Makers is a one day event held in various cities to teach kids between the ages of 6-13 how to make a game. All proceeds will be donated and split between two non-profits: GirlsWhoCode and Mouse. Volunteers from a variety of game creation disciplines including design, development and script writing, will help teach, mentor and inspire kids to become young game makers. We will teach a few different types of game creation tools and frameworks to address the age and learning ranges.

The goal of this event is to expose youth to coding and game concepts through game making but most importantly, to have fun creating a game. Participants are responsible to bring their own laptop to the workshop and have the proper software installed depending on the class they want to take. Younger children who require supervision will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule

Typical Schedule: Might change per event

  • 8:30 am to 9:30 am

    Register

    Make sure to bring id to register. Remember to bring your own laptop, power cord, mouse and anything else you may need to enjoy a day of making. Take this time to get acquainted with the facilites.

  • 9:30 am to 9:45 am

    Opening Remarks

    We will go over the plan for the day, point out important things to know aobut the facility, introduce people and the volunteers.

  • 10:00am to 12:30 pm

    Workshop

    Time to get making! You will now find the room where the workshop you signed up for will be taking place. Remember to install everything you need before the workshop!

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Lunch time

    Sometimes we provide lunch, sometimes we can't. Please check your event.

  • 1:30pm to 4:00pm

    Workshop

    Continue in your selected workshop. Volunteers will be around to help you with various aspects including design, writing, coding and even just to bounce ideas off of!

  • 4:00 pm - 5:00pm

    Open Demo & Closing Remarks

    If anyone wants to demo what they made today, here is your chance to show your work. We will poll the crowd to see who liked what the best, and the top favorite will be offered an opportunity to present at the next Game Forums Demo night in front of indie devs!

  • Let's
    Make
    More!

Register

Pick the right place and date to register!

Atlanta | March 14th, 2015

Location

Microsoft Offices
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy., Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Facility

No ID is required for this facility, but please bring your EventBrite ticket.

Don't Forget

Remember to bring your own laptop and any other accessories you might need for the day. This includes a mouse! Many of these software programs are easier to use with a mouse. Please come prepared with the software installed beforehand as installing during class can hinder progress. What you need downloaded/installed will be specified based on class.


Atlanta Schedule : March 14th

  • 8:30am-9:00am : Registration for Morning Classes ( can register throughout the day)
  • 9:00 am - 11:00am : MineCraft API & Project Spark Classes
  • 11:15am - 12:30pm : Construct2, Unity & Scratch Class
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm : Pizza Lunch Provided
  • 1:30pm - 4:00pm : Construct2, Unity & Scratch Classes continue
  • 4:15pm - 5:00pm : Demo Time! Anyone who wants to demo what they made, can do it!

Workshops

Sign up for what you are interested in! You can pick a few things.

Using the Minecraft API

Instructor:Stacey Mulcahy

Minecraft Infatuated, Requires CODING

Learn how to use the Minecraft API in Python to create and control elements. Requires a custom installation of your own Minecraft server that must be done before class.

Best for ages 10+. Coding heavy.
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Imaginateering with Project Spark

Instructor:Diego Lizarazo Rivera

Beginners, no coding

Let your imagination lead as you make your own game with one of the most user friendly game creation tools: Project Spark.

All Ages. No coding experience required.
9:00 am to 11:00am

Introduction To Scratch

Instructor:Stacey Mulcahy

Beginners, no coding

Learn how to create a basic game where we cover cloning, collision detection, and keyboard intput with Scratch. Please ensure you have registered with Scratch online prior to class.

Best for ages 6-10. No coding experience required.
11:00 am - 3:30pm ( Lunch Break )

Introduction to Construct 2

Instructor: Diego Lizararo Riveria

Beginners, no coding

You will learn how to create a basic game with the simple click and drag interface of Construct2! Please come with the latest version of Construct 2 installed.

Best for ages 8-12. No coding experience required.
11:00 am - 3:30pm ( Lunch Break )

Introduction to Unity3d

Instructor: TBD

Advanced, coding

You will learn how to create a basic 2D platformer game in Unity3d. Some coding will be required in C#. Please come with the latest version of Unity3d downloaded.

Best for ages 10 and up. Previous programming experience with any language is preferred, but not necessary.
11:00 am - 3:30pm ( Lunch Break )

Sponsors for Atlanta

Thanks to these generous people, we are able to make this event better!


Boston | November 8th 2014

Location

Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Dr #1
Cambridge, MA 02142

Facility

Access to the facility requires ID. Please bring some form of ID. Parents are welcome and encouraged!

Don't Forget

Remember to bring your own laptop and any other accessories you might need for the day. Please come prepared with the software installed beforehand as installing during class can hinder progress.


Workshops

Sign up for what you are interested in! More being added.

Introduction To Scratch

Instructor: (TBD) Stacey Mulcahy

Beginners, no coding

Learn how to create a basic game and animations in Scratch!

Best for ages 6-10. No coding experience required.

Introduction to Construct 2

Instructor: Caleb Garner and Bryan Carvalho

Beginners, no coding

You will learn how to create a basic game with the simple click and drag interface of Construct2! Please come with the latest version of Construct 2 installed.

Best for ages 8-12. No coding experience required.

Introduction to Unity3d

Instructor: Jono Forbes

Advanced, coding

You will learn how to create a basic 2D platformer game in Unity3d. Some coding will be required in C#. Please come with the latest version of Unity3d downloaded.

Best for ages 10 and up. Previous programming experience with any language is preferred, but not necessary.


New York | November 15th 2014

Location

Microsoft Offices
11 Times Square
8th and 41st across from Port Authority

Facility

Access to the facility requires ID. Please bring some form of ID. Parents are welcome and encouraged!

Don't Forget

Remember to bring your own laptop and any other accessories you might need for the day. Please come prepared with the software installed beforehand as installing during class can hinder progress.


Workshops

Sign up for what you are interested in!

Introduction To Scratch

Instructor: Dennis Illagan

Beginners, no coding

Learn how to create a basic game and animations in Scratch!

Best for ages 6-10. No coding experience required.

Introduction to Construct 2

Instructors: Sep DiMeglio & Maria Naggaga

Beginners, no coding

You will learn how to create a basic game with the simple click and drag interface of Construct2! Please come with the latest version of Construct 2 installed.

Best for ages 8-12. No coding experience required.

Introduction to GameMaker

Instructor: Olga Andreyev

Advanced, coding

You will learn how to make a simple scrolling shooter game using GameMaker. Please install GameMaker before the workshop.

Best for ages 10 and up.

Introduction to Unity3d

Instructor: Waseque Qazi

Advanced, coding

You will learn the Unity Editor and how to make a basic 3D game. Some coding will be required in C#. Please come with the latest version of Unity3d downloaded.

Best for ages 10 and up. Previous programming experience preferred.

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Contact Us

Have questions? Do you want to volunteer? Please send us an email

@younggamemakers