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Fortnite-Style Game Design
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Fortnite Gaming & Mechanics (1 week)
Play Fortnite while analyzing the mechanics that have made it so fun and addictive! Campers will look at specific gameplay elements and discuss how they were used to make a game that is so massively successful. Empowered with that new perspective, campers will create their own tabletop Fortnite game by brainstorming ways to transfer the video game mechanics to an entirely different medium.
Fortnite-Style World Building for VR (1 week)
Build a Fortnite-style virtual reality world and experience it in 3D! Campers get to examine art and design elements of the massively popular video game as inspiration for their own. They create environments with a similar look and feel to Fortnite by building custom 3D models and using the professional game engine Unity to build their world. Finally, campers will upload their creations to their brand new Oculus Go virtual reality headset that they can take home at the end of their camp!
Fortnite-Style Game Design with Unity (2 weeks)
Drop into a Fortnite-style game of your own! Campers will design and develop a battle-royale video game using the professional-grade Unity engine. They'll examine the game mechanics of Fornite through some play-testing and use it as inspiration for to code custom scripts in C#. They'll combine all of this with Fortnite-style assets to make their game challenging and super fun to play. Campers will leave with their own custom battle-royale style game that can be played at home. Great for Fortnite lovers!
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Minecraft Creation & Coding
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Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation (1 week)
Create and produce a custom animated video! Using custom Minecraft kits and cutting-edge stop-motion animation software, campers will script, storyboard, animate, edit and produce short videos together. Campers will get a great fundamental understanding of the creative process and have lots of room for unique project customization. Great for creative writers, visual imagineers and team players!
Texture Design with Pixel Art (1 week)
Design your own version of Minecraft! Campers use image manipulation software to learn how to create 2D pixel art, design skins for their character and create textures for their world to change the way Minecraft looks. Campers upload their finished designs to their Minecraft world, stylized and themed to their creative imagination.
Minecraft Coding Using LUA (1 week)
Program Minecraft robots to build your architecture and 3D print in real life! Campers are introduced to the widely-used LUA scripting language to program directly inside the world of Minecraft, learn the fundamentals of coding and how to program within the Minecraft interface, and design and 3D print their own architectural creations that attempt to solve the problems that cities of the future will encounter. Great for artists, Minecraft-lovers, aspiring coders, and future architects looking for a practical application for their imaginations.
Minecraft Mods with Java Programming (1 week)
Program your own Minecraft mod with Java! Great for aspiring coders, Minecraft lovers, and critical thinkers. Campers are introduced to crucial coding concepts like variables, functions, parameters, class structure, and hierarchy using the Java programming language, seen commonly in high-school and college-level classes. By the weeks end, they'll have conceptualized and created their own mod using the coding skills they learn!
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Roblox Coding & Game Design
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Roblox Obstacle Course Design (1 week)
Design a Roblox video game to play with your friends! Campers will dive into the mechanics of building a world in Roblox, using the many features of Roblox Studio to create unique challenges. They'll also incorporate custom scripts, learning coding fundamentals and applying them to fit their goals along the way. Campers will leave with a 3D platformer game they can share and upload at home!
Roblox Adventure Map Coding (1 week)
Learn coding principles through creating modified Roblox adventure maps! Campers undertake a week of learning fundamentals of the LUA programming language, learning about game mechanics and loops to code a challenging game from their imagination. Campers leave with knowledge of coding they can continue at home and will have started to build their own Roblox games!
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YouTube "Let's Play" Video Production
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YouTube Let's Plays: Video Capture
Create your own "Let's Play" video! Campers make the gaming videos of their dreams, learning critical video production skills along the way. Campers learn to script, direct and edit video footage for fun, action-packed gaming videos, using streaming software to capture screen footage. Campers leave with YouTube-ready content and some brand new production skills!
YouTube Let's Plays: Motion Graphics
Create an epic intro to a video! In this camp, campers will learn the challenging skill of motion graphics, using software to digitally alter text and more to create advanced, customized clips. This is a skill used universally in branding and design; great for young producers and those interested in making YouTube videos!
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Mobile Games
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Mobile Game Design (1 week)
Design a 2D video game for mobile devices! Great for gamers and first-time game creators. Campers learn about video games and create one of their very own. They use the versatile software Gamemaker Studio to conceptualize a game, design a level, create custom assets and more. Campers finish the week with their own video game!
Mobile Game Coding (1 week)
Take a video game to the next level with custom scripts! Campers learn about more advanced functionality such as power ups, life counters, and high score displays to great a fun and challenging 2D game. Campers can bring their games from Mobile Game Design camp, or start fresh with one of ours!
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Hardware Hackers
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Hardware Hackers (2 weeks)
Hack an XBox controller by soldering it to an Arduino! Campers learn about basic electronic components, wiring and soldering to create a custom modded controller that can be programmed to execute a sequence of commands. Campers will walk away with brand new soldering skills as well as their modded controller and Arduino!
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Pixel Academy X Brooklyn Boulders
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Video Production for Virtual Reality (2 weeks)
Get ready to rock... VR style! Campers will learn the skills it takes to produce an action video in Virtual Reality: Scripting, capturing and editing footage from 360 cameras using Adobe Premiere. They'll leave the week with a VR rock-climbing reel and a Google Cardboard to share with friends and family!
LEARNING
Pixel Academy uses a holistic, hands-on approach to inspire and empower kids to understand and create with digital technology all year round. We don't just funnel kids through impersonal, cookie-cutter classes and forget about them; all of our instruction is project-based, every participant's project is unique, and our passion for sharing digital tech skills doesn't expire at the end of the summer. Our programs empower kids to explore the STEM skills that will define their world and to apply them to exciting creative projects across multiple disciplines.
Each CAMP/pixel topic is designed to facilitate fundamental understanding of relevant, 21st-century STEM skills through fun, hands-on learning. Our workshops are infused with inquiry-based activities and exercises so each camper is not only introduced to these concepts but can feel ownership over them and understand why they're important. We use inherently cool vehicles (like Minecraft and YouTube) to teach otherwise intimidating skills (like coding in Java and online safety.) Campers leave CAMP/pixel with a finished project of their own creation and a practiced ability to apply digital tech skills in creative ways.