Grades 3-5 or 6-8. This class requires solid reading and math and the ability to focus for an hour. Scroll down for reviews.
Video Game Programming A: Is your kid ready to move beyond modding and use a real programming language to write his or her own video games? We’ve found a great way to keep moving ahead: Scratch, the super-simple drag-and-drop multimedia programming language designed by MIT‘s Lifelong Kindergarten project.
Check out the video at the bottom of this page to see what kids can do with it, and how. We’ll be starting with simple projects and working up from there.
Video Game Programming B: Like Video Game Programming A, but with different projects! Appropriate for beginners or continuing students.
NOTE: Scratch is available to anyone for free on the Internet. Learn it at home! Or, sign up for one of our classes so one of The Great Adventure Lab’ trained instructors can lead you through a lesson plan, where you’ll learn how to make characters walk, talk and boogie across the screen. Scroll down for a video.
a few reviews (scroll down for more …)
I just wanted to let you know A. has absolutely loved this class. We spent over an hour this weekend going through his project, he wanted to show me some changes he wanted to make — and did them with no problems at all! He definitely is understanding the logic behind Scratch. Sure hope you do another one of these again — he’s a big fan. Thanks again!”
–Farmland E.S. parent, Rockville, Md. March 2014
I was the parent who assisted the group that ran the SCRATCH
club at Bannockburn. I thought the programming club was exceptional.
The kids were very engaged, very creative and absolutely enjoyed learning to use SCRATCH. They made cartoons and created characters that were meaningful to them. They laughed and enjoyed sharing their creations with each other. They were able to save their work and continue the work at home… The teacher was excited about her subject matter, and eagerly taught the lessons and worked with each student that needed her help. I think it’s a great talent to explore and mind-expanding opportunity, to learn to develop the programs that make up our kids’ computer games and applications.
–Shari M., Bethesda
After school class format & pricing
Seven meetings, once a week, 60 minutes per meeting.
Minimum 11 students, maximum 12, for a student-instructor ratio of 6:1.
We provide 1 netbook per student for use during class.
After school tuition: $145 per student. Eves: $150. Materials fee: $5 per student (for flash drive).
Scholarships: Yes, we offer them when your PTA organizes our class. Complete details here.
Homeschool class format & pricingGet together a group of at five students, and we can send an instructor to teach this class in your home during school hours, in the evening, or on the weekend!
We provide 1 netbook per studentfor use during class.
Seven 60-min classes, min 5/max 8 students, $170 per student. Materials fee: $5 per student (for flash drive).
We handle registration and payment, all you have to do is enjoy the class! Contact us for more info!
Areas of explorationProgramming, multimedia, storytelling, music, logic.
How to Register
After school classes are only open to students who attend the hosting school. Register through your school /PTA.
If your school/ PTA does not offer our classes, invite us!
Evening classes are open to students from any school. Register here.
Form a private class in your home with as few as five students! Seven 60-min classes, min 5/max 8 students, $160 per student. Materials fee: $5 per student (for flash drive).Contact us for more info!
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Photos from The Great Adventure Lab’s Video Game Programming classes
-Khanny Yang, Principal, Parkland Middle School
Editor’s note: The Great Adventure Lab offers afterschool programming at Parkland Middle School five days a week. We provide Engineering on Mondays, Robotics on Tuesday, Video Game Programming on Wednesdays, 3-D Design on Thursdays and Hands-on Science projects on Fridays.
Thank you for the updates. The class has been amazing for my daughter.
K. was so excited about what he did yesterday he didn’t even realize he was eating a healthy dinner. 🙂 Sounds like things are really coming together.”
M. is having a great time in class! Thanks!