STEM programs are a dime a dozen & a majority of them only teach students coding. Coding is only 1/4 of STEM curriculum. At LevelUp Time Studio, we are straight forward in what we are providing, which is coding and video game development sessions/groups.
We take this a step further by meeting the student where they are developmentally. Why? Because learning to code is about much more than just building a game, making an app, or "hacking" (kids love to attribute coding to hacking). It's more about understanding the whole picture in terms of building a computer, translating what code means and what it is doing, and understanding how computers functions.
Video Game Development doesn't start at coding. It begins at visualizing the different aspects of the game you want to create. From character sketches to backgrounds, video games are comprised of so much more than just code. Learners also have to learn how to describe their games.
Once we have a fundamental understanding of computers and what our game is going to be about, we move on to drag and drop coding. Drag and drop coding is very important. This is where we first learn about the processes that take place when coding. Drag and drop creators help individuals visualize what's happening as they place and rearrange code. This keeps the learner engaged and connected to what's happening. The final part of this section is to help the learner understand what each block translates to in real code.
Learners who are developmentally ready and those who develop their skills/understanding of code through the first few processes end up here. Real code & fun games. We reconnect our original concepts of the game we want to create and implement what we've learned.
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