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.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Unreal Engine

Sunday August 16, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10

Hundreds of games have been made using the Unreal Engine. Reprogram the system of Unreal to do your bidding. In this crash course you will get a peek into how some of the most popular games ever were made.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Minecraft Programming

Sunday August 9, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10.

What took hours now takes nanoseconds as students direct their passion for playing Minecraft towards developing real-world programming skills in Python. Nothing in Minecraft is more powerful than a bit of critical thinking and some computer code.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Five Nights at Freddy's

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

This event is intended for grades 3-10.

What makes Five Nights so scary? In this course we will delve into the concepts and atmosphere of the horror game genre to better understand why we find it so intriguing. You will imagine, create and dissect a horror game of your own with a theme of your choosing.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Minecraft Blockly

Sunday July 26, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 1-7.

The instructors at GameStart have created a programming environment friendly to our youngest Minecrafters. Learn how to build contraptions of increasing complexity, craft clever traps, and speedy transit systems while learning the fundamentals of logic.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Dungeon Crawler

Sunday July 19, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10.

Use the tools available in Unity to quickly and professionally create a dangerous dungeon and aggressive monsters. You will use a custom tool set to make your very own dungeon crawler!

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