Video Game Design Camp
with GameMaker

2017 Video Game Design and Programming Camps in Philadelphia PA, Main Line PA, Lower Gwynedd PA, Cherry Hill NJ, Princeton NJ, Montclair NJ, NYC Manhattan, Long Island NY, Washington DC, Towson MD & St. Louis, MO!


(Ages 9 to 13)

Lots of New Games & Project Concepts for Summer 2017!

In Video Game Design Camp with GameMaker™, campers create incredible games with AWESOME graphics and learn/implement computer programming.  Campers are challenged in creativity, design, and programming logic throughout the process of creating fun and exciting games.  At camp, campers learn the process of creating a video game including brainstorming, character design, level design, programming, interface design and much more!  

Campers begin with learning the GameMaker™ Studio software, a software that caters to entry-level novices all the way up to game development professionals. In addition to professional quality development, the software allows campers to create fully functional prototypes in just a few hours, and a full game in just a week!

After learning the Graphical User Interface in GameMaker™: Studio, campers begin to plan their game by crafting a storyline and developing characters using the advanced, built-in, digital painting software. Once their characters are created, campers learn about level design and layout floor plans with an easy-to-use, efficient, tiling technique that allows for excellent control and precision. Once the basic visuals are established, campers begin to program their character movement and interactions within the game.

Campers have the option to write their own code to power their game, or to utilize easier drag and drop programming.

Offering a vast database of game design concepts, and sharp graphics, GameMaker™ is a great step towards professional level design and an even bigger step to top-level creativity and innovation!

Some Project May Include:

Arcade Style Asteroids Game: Create a solar system with lots of floating asteroids, aliens, gravity, and drag.  With your very own custom spaceship, survive an ever changing landscape while battling to protect earth!  Turn the clock back for a super fun and retro style Arcade game!

Adventure Games: Design a platform game with side/top-down scrolling capabilities that allow a player to explore an epic world with adventurous plots, challenges, and storylines. Campers can focus on character and landscape development, add text/dialogue, and feature multiple levels. Campers will explore the power of coding when creating this type of game.

Dash Games: Create a side scrolling, jump based platform game that challenges a player’s skills and reaction time. Campers get to create their own courses, obstacles, and concepts. This game is heavily coding based where player movement is programmed related to gravity variable.

Campers receive a Lavner Camps T-Shirt and will take their project(s) home on a CD with a CD cover at the end of the week!

This camp is for beginners and intermediates.

*For campers interested in Game Design Camp with GameMaker, we also recommend our Virtual Reality Camp with Game DesignWeb Design Camp, 3D Minecraft™ Camp – Innovation & Design, Graphic Design Camp, Filmmaking Camp, Computer Programming Camp with Python, Computer Programming Camp with Java, Robotics Camp, and TECH R3VOLUTION™.

Our 2017 Game Design Camps with GameMaker are are located at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary ~ 816 Norristown Rd, Springhouse PA 19477, Malvern Preparatory School ~ 418 South Warren Avenue, Malvern PA 19355, Rosemont College ~ 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont PA 19010, University of Pennsylvania ~ 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Valley Forge Educational Services ~ 1777 N. Valley Road, Malvern PA 19355, Waldron Mercy Academy ~ 513 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station PA 19066, Katz JCC ~ 1301 Springdale Rd, Cherry Hill NJ 08003, Stuart Country Day School ~ 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton NJ 08540, Montclair State University ~ 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043, New York University ~ 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, NYIT ~ Northern Boulevard at Valentines Lane, Old Westbury NY 11568, Towson University ~ 8000 York Road, Towson MD, 21252, George Washington University ~ 2100 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, DC 20007, Washington University in St. Louis ~ 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63130.

*For more information about our Specialty Camps, click here:  Lavner Specialty Camps

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