Game Start Festival: Saturday, March 1st at Menlo Innovations

Curious about making games? Know any kids or teens who aspire to be future game-makers?

Local organization GameStart is throwing a party at Menlo Innovations (505 East Liberty LL500, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) on Saturday, March 1st, 10am-2pm and everyone is invited! GameStart is an organization that offers classes using games to inspire interest in art, math, science, and programming.

For their event on March 1st, they'll have games to play and give a preview of their upcoming classes for this year, including: Game Mechanics and Design, Minecraft Programming, Computer Animation, and Video Editing. Although there is a fee for many of their classes, this event is free and open to all (and particularly recommended for students in grades 3-8).

AADL will be there with a table of fun stuff, along with other guests from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Maker Works, Backyard Brains, AHA! and the Youth Arts Alliance. Stop in to check things out and celebrate the power of interactive learning!

Later that day, 3-5pm, the GameStart staff will also be offering a no-fee class on Storytelling with Computer Animation at the downtown AADL!

Creating Video Games: Art and Animation

Saturday May 3, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for teens (grades 5 and up) and adults

Join us for s fun workshop with the GameStart staff.

Design and animate your own video game character!  Use professional video  game development software to bring your character to life inside a video game world.   No prior experience necessary.

Creating Video Games: Programming

Saturday April 26, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and grade 5 and up

Dig into the world of computer programming for video games! Join us for a fun workshop with the GameStart staff! Program and play your own game using the Unity game development environment. No experience necessary!

Creating Video Games: Level Design

Saturday April 19, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and grade 5 and up

Bring your dream game levels to life by learning the tools used in real video game development studios. The GameStart staff will lead a workshop on how to create and play your own levels using the Unity game development environment. No experience necessary!

Storytelling with Computer Animation: Defining Atmosphere

Saturday April 5, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and grade 5 and up

Join us for a fun workshop with the GameStart staff!

Use visual programming technology to create an animation focused on a genre of choice (comedy, suspense, drama, horror…). No experience needed!

Storytelling with Computer Animation: Creating a Character

Saturday March 8, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 5 and up

Join the GameStart staff and learn to use visual programming technology to create an animation featuring different character types. No prior experience needed.

Storytelling with Computer Animation: 5 Elements of a Story

Saturday March 1, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 5 and up

Join the GameStart staff and learn to use visual programming technology to create an animation that emphasizes the 5 elements of a story. No experience needed!

SEGA NITE presented by Nerd Nite Ann Arbor and AADL at LIVE

Thursday April 10, 2014: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for adults

Ann Arbor District Library is proud to co-present a night of Classic Sega gaming with Nerd Nite Ann Arbor at Live — located at 102 South 1st Street in Ann Arbor.

Do you miss your favorite Sega games? Sonic the Hedgehog and Toe Jam & Earl return - along with special guest appearances by super-weird games like Panic! for SEGA NITE at Live!

Bring friends to face off with — multiple games will be going simultaneously around the room from 7-9pm!

Arborwiki Edit Night At Arbor Brewing

Wednesday April 23, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Arbor Brewing - 114 East Washington

What's ArborWiki? ArborWiki is the community generated source for details on everything from birthday deals to local history to the lowdown on local playgrounds.

Since it's a "civic wiki" it's created, edited and maintained by locals. Who are those locals? That could mean you! If you have an interest in any aspect of the Arbor/Ypsi area - parks, history, local happenings - you might be a perfect ArborWiki contributor or editor.

Come hang out and grab a frosty beverage at Arbor Brewing (114 East Washington in Ann Arbor), meet some of the current crew of editors, and hop in to edit or create entries about your community. Bring your laptop or use one one of ours!

Arborwiki Edit Night

Wednesday March 26, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 9 and up

What’s ArborWiki? It’s the community generated source for details on everything from birthday deals to local history to the lowdown on volunteer opportunities for youth and teens. Since it’s a “civic wiki” it’s created, edited and maintained by locals. That could mean you!

If you have an interest in any aspect of the Arbor/Ypsi area—parks, history, local happenings—you might be a perfect ArborWiki contributor or editor. Meet some of the current crew of editors and hop in to edit/create entries about your community. Bring your laptop or use one of ours!

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