Pathway to Purpose

Game & App Design

Course Description

Coding is more than understanding the programming language used, it is also about developing computational thinking skills that facilitate problem-solving across a wide range of disciplines. Learn basic coding skills by creating interactive storybooks, animations, and games with web technologies (HTML, CSS, Javascript) and Scratch, which uses a block-based visual programming language for those seeking to conceptualize coding. Learn about game elements and design to introduce gamification techniques for use in motivation across nearly any industry. At the end of this course, students will have the opportunity to present their games for feedback with leading industry professionals.

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Course Objectives and impacts

  • Create a Game or App Prototype!
  • Introduction to understanding and creating User Experiences and User Interfaces. 
  • Gain understanding of programmatic / computational thinking concepts.
  • Learn to use block programming and javascript to create and translate optimal gaming and app experiences to real world applications. 
  • Brainstorm and Design interactive storytelling for video games and app development.
  • Develop a customer/user-focused mindset
  • Prototype a sellable, full functional game or game assets. 
  • Learn how to create a marketing plan for your product or service

Course Logistics

  • Industry Professional: Arin Cranley, Software Engineer and Founder of Theorian
  • Peer Mentor: Aris Cranley
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30PM-6PM, January 24th - May 19th, 2023
  • First Day of Class: Tuesday January 24th at 4:30PM
  • Final Showcase: Friday May 19th, 2023 at 4:30PM