Coding: Code a Video Game
After School and Weekend Programs
Video games can open up a whole new world of imagination and creativity. Creating your own video game pushes kids to explore different possibilities and scenarios. Learning to code through game creation is a fun and immediately rewarding way to begin solving problems and thinking like a coder. Learning any new language or skill learning to code takes practice, and with video game creation practice is fun. Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on games together and play together.
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome
Hardware + Software
What will kids learn?
At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including: coding, problem solving, game design and logic.
What do kids make?
Kids will create their own video game, from adventures, sports, to space and more
MakerKids Experience and Skillset
Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.
Using Scratch, kids will learn how to code and develop their own video game. Scratch is a popular introductory programming language made by MIT that uses building blocks of code that fit together to create a program, with no complicated spelling or grammar to worry about. Each week students will learn to create a new simple game which introduces game-making and fundamental coding concepts.
These abilities can be incorporated into their own game which they work on throughout the course. At the end of this program, kids will understand how games work, important concepts shared by all games, steps in the game creation process, and will have been introduced to many core programming structures and skills that can be applied universally to any coding language. They are able to bring their games back home to build upon or improve on their games after the program is complete.
21st Century Skills
Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on apps together and play together. They will learn, both, technical and soft skills like: engineering, coding, communication, logic and game design.
The MakerKids Difference
Our instructors are highly trained and come from various backgrounds, including engineering, theatre, music and design. They have worked at City of Toronto, P&G and YMCA. CEO, Jenn Turliuk, attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University.
Leading Edge Technology
We use leading edge technology used by industry professionals. We use Arduinos, which was used to prototype the Square Reader, in our robotics programs. Kids will work with real coding languages, wires, LEDs and more to create their robotic inventions.
Space to Experiment
Our makerspace is a safe space for kids to experiment. Our instructors are first aid trained and have police checks. We have students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We are capable of working with kids with different learning abilities. Kids work in groups, design on and offscreen and have time for games/park.
My boys flourish here and look forward to it every week. They show social skills improvement and more confidence since coming to MakerKids and finding their “tribe.” Happy children make me a happy and grateful mom. Thanks MakerKids for creating programs for my quirky, “outside the box thinking” boys.Tammy
I love that the kids take the lead on their projects and learn how to achieve their goals Absolutely the kind of things my kids are interested in exploring in a guided setting!
This MakerKids Graduate learned key sound, robotics and design concepts and now runs his own business fixing stereo equipment in his neighbourhood!
Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
|4:10-4:50||Coding Discovery |
Instructors will guide students through key coding concepts while kids try it themselves and collaborate
Kids can have their snacks, play games and explore our Inspiration Station
|5:00-5:40||Let’s get Making! |
Kids will experiment and create their own project and invention from the lesson
|5:45-5:55||Show and tell |
See the work the kids have created!
- All materials for activities
- Laptops to use
- Experienced instructors
- One-on-one coaching
- Badge of completion
There are currently no Coding: Code a Video Game programs available.
Save $25 when you sign up before January 9!
Why Choose MakerKids?
21st Century Skills
Our kids' STEM programs teach and encourage a wide variety of skills. Soft skills: A) confidence B) social skills and C) engagement. Technical skills: A) coding, B) design, and C) electronics.
We’ve developed curriculum for Intel and trained staff from the Toronto Public Library and various school boards. Programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers.
MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.
MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. We run programs at schools throughout the GTA, such as Toronto French School, Kingsway College, and more.
Does my child need experience coding?
Our classes are open to new and experienced kids of all backgrounds. With our small ratio of 1 instructor for every 8 kids, our instructors will be able to work with each child’s individual needs. We go over coding fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students. It is recommended that kids have computer skills (e.g. typing).
Do we have to bring our own laptop and supplies?
We will provide all the materials needed for the program and activities, which may include laptops and any software. Kids may bring their own laptops.
What will my kid make?
Kids will learn how to code different inventions. They will be able to prototype their own video game, app and even real world objects (robotics).
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By coding and designing their own game, they can create different worlds, more complex functions and customize their own characters. They will leave with broad comprehension of logic, flow and design.
Sign up today! Classes start week of January 23.
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