GameStart Workshop: Unity Zombies

Sunday October 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 5–10.

Unity can make a wide variety of games. In honor of Halloween and one of this generation's most popular genres we will be modifying Unit Z, a zombie survival simulator. Join us add weapons terrain and, of course, zombies to your very own game!

GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Blockly

Sunday October 18, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 2–5.

Get your first taste of programming with a visual approach! The software developers at GameStart have created a programming environment for our youngest Minecrafters which leverages visual scripting technology developed at Google. Learn the fundamentals of programming with the game you love.

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Scripting

Sunday October 11, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3–8.

Students will combine elements of art, design, math, and physics as they learn to make their own video game! Students will start by creating their own hero, villain, and in-game props, then they will craft the landscape of their game world with challenging puzzles and thrilling obstacles.

GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Redstone Engineering

Sunday October 4, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for This event is intended for grades 3–8.

The Redstone material found in Minecraft behaves like an electric conduit, allowing players to rig up levers, buttons, and pressure plates. The staff from GameStart will teach you how to create contraptions of increasing complexity and craft clever traps and speedy transit systems while learning the fundamentals of logic.

GameStart Workshop: Unity Basics

Sunday September 13, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 1–8.

Learn the basics to build your own game! Using the Unity editor, you will get acquainted with how to create models, implement physics and manipulate code. Get started making your game now!

Programming For Kids

Are you looking for a fun summer hobby? How about learning how to program and/or design your very own video games? AADL partners with Gamestart to host lots of great programming and gaming events, but we also have some awesome new books and tools to help you out!

For younger learners, check out Awesome Algorithms and Creative Coding, which will give you an intro to basic coding. If you think you’re ready for a longer and more in depth look at coding, take a look at Adventures in Raspberry Pi and Adventures in Python.

If video games are your thing, you’ll want to read Video Games: From Concept to Consumer and Video Game Programming for Kids.

Want more? Check out our complete list of programming books and tools for kids.

Code Babies Academy

The Code Babies Academy series is written by John C. Vanden-Heuvel and includes computer programming baby board books for the tiniest of hands. The books available in the series are HTML For Babies, CSS For Babies, and Web Design For Babies. Perhaps these baby board books will help turn your toddlers into computer programmers? The books are odd and adorable.

GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Battle Wizards

Sunday May 31, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for This event is intended for grades 3-10

Craft spells and battle 1 on 1 and against monsters with spells you program! Using the language of Python, you will create code to aid you in the world of Minecraft.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Pokemon

Sunday August 30, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 5-10.

Catching them is the easy part, now you have to program them to battle. Learn about the underlying numbers and strategies of Pokemon to create a new version in the Unity engine!

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Minecraft Modding

Sunday August 23, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 5-10.

Have some cool ideas on how to change Minecraft? Join in changing the rules and appearance of Minecraft. In this class we will program with Java and change the textures which make up Minecraft.

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