Web Design

Monday December 1, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8.

The staff of GameStart will show you how to build your own web page! This class will introduce design fundamentals as we explore a number of modern multimedia technologies. Learn to consider the user experience for navigation, readability, and more.

Video Game Development: Unity Racer

Monday November 24, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3 - 10.

Learn to design and program your own video games! GameStart Staff will take beginners through the basics of Unity 3D, a free game development platform used by professional developers all around the world. This workshop will focus on best practices for creating a game in the “Racing” genre, like Mario Kart or Need for Speed.

Minecraft Blockly

Friday November 21, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 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.

Minecraft Redstone

Monday November 17, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 2 - 5

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.

Roblox

Friday November 14, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8

The staff of GameStart will show you how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics as you learn to make your own video game! You will start by creating your own hero, villain, and in-game props, then you will craft the landscape of their game world with challenging puzzles and thrilling obstacles.

Video Game Development: Unity First Person 3D

Friday November 7, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10

Learn to design and program your own video games! This workshop will take beginners through the basics of Unity 3D, a free game development platform used by professional developers all around the world.

Video Game Development: Unity Horror

Monday November 3, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10

Learn to design and program your own video games! This workshop will take beginners through the basics of Unity 3D, a free game development platform used by professional developers all around the world. This workshop will focus on best practices for creating a frightening game in the “Horror” genre, like Resident Evil or Luigi’s Mansion.

Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell

After reading Rainbow Rowell’s Printz Honor winning teen novel Eleanor & Park and falling in love with it, I was very excited about what was next from her. I then ate up the next teen novel Fangirl, even though it didn’t taste quite the same as Eleanor & Park. While waiting for another teen book by her I went back and grabbed her adult novel, Attachments – and it was a delightful read.

In Attachments it’s 1999 and Lincoln’s job as “internet security officer” is to monitor company email, reading and flagging any inappropriate work emails being sent. He gets caught up in reading email conversations between Beth and Jennifer. They talk about life as best girlfriends should, sharing many intimate details. He knows he should flag the emails and turn them in, but he can’t – he has to continue reading their saga. Lincoln falls for Beth through reading these emails, which are just hilarious. (I want to hang out with Beth and Jennifer and laugh at their quips.) But how will Lincoln ever be able to meet Beth in person and not mention that he’s been reading about her life and that he feels like he knows her?

Oh, does Rowell write some funny dialog! I really enjoyed the alternating format of reading Beth and Jennifer’s email exchanges laced with chapters about Lincoln’s life – living with his mother, playing Dungeons & Dragons, joining a gym, and reconnecting with a college buddy in order to force social interactions on his awkward self. It's a great summer read, even for those not into love stories.

Next up from Rowell is Landline, and she’s also collaborating on writing two graphic novels, according to her wonderfully designed website.

Workshop: AI in Unreal 4

Monday October 27, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

Use the cutting-edge Unreal Engine 4 to learn the basics of artificial intelligence for games. Learn about the different goals of game AIs and how they accomplish those goals, while getting familiar with Unreal's innovative visual scripting system. Then you'll get to work on enemy AI for your own game! No prior experience is necessary. This hands-on workshop is presented by the staff of GameStart.

Workshop: PyGame

Friday October 24, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Dig into the Python programming language by creating arcade style video games! Start by modifying an existing PyGame project, then create your very own game from scratch. This hands-on workshop is presented by the staff of GameStart.

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