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No School Days
Digital Design Workshops


Are you looking for a safe, educational and fun place for your middle school students to spend their days off from school? Your students will love NIU’s No School Days - Digital Design Workshops! Looking at local school districts calendars we have found 16 days where middle school students have "No School" but most parents are expected to be at work. 

No School Days include hands-on digital design, games and coding. Check out the list below!

New pricing model, pick your No School Days to come play!

Ages: Middle School

Dates and Topics:
Friday, October 5th & Monday, October 8th:
2-days - Video Game Design - $100
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Friday, November 9th:
1-day - Sphero! Robotic Maze Coding - $50
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Wednesday, November 21st:
1-day - Intro to Esports - $50
Wednesday, January 2th - Friday, January 4th:
3-days - Learning to Code with Minecraft - $150
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Friday, February 15th & Monday, February 18th:
2-days - Video Game Design with Python & Pygame - $ 100
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Friday, March 15th:
1-day - Animation with Stop Motion Studio on iPads - $50
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Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29th:
5-days - GameMaker Video Game Design - $250
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Friday, April 19th:
1-day - Virtual World Development - $50
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Time: 8AM to 4:30PM

Lunch: Students are asked to bring a lunch.

Location: Northern Illinois University, Founders Memorial Library, Digital Convergence Lab (DCL) Room 338. Students will be met on the turn around on the west side of the library (Carroll Ave) between 7:45 - 8AM. If a student is late a parent will need to walk their child to Room 338. Children are not allowed to come up to the lab alone. Pick-up is at the same location at 4:30PM. All students must be signed in and out each day by an adult.

Program Fees: Based on number of days in each workshop as listed above.

We only have space for 20 participants, so early registration is recommended.

For more information contact: or call 815-753-0673.

Join the Fun!

  • Design a video game using GameMaker Studio 2
  • Explore popular video games like Minecraft
  • Learn the essentials of game design
  • Program the Sphero Robot
  • Build Mazes
  • Learn more about competitive Esports
  • Try your hand at several popular Esports games
  • Explore 3D virtual worlds like Minecraft
  • Program with Redstone and Tynker Code Connect
  • Use iPads to create stop motion animations
  • Learn Web Design Skills
  • Use OpenSim to build a 3D vector-based worlds

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Digital Convergence Lab

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Founders Memorial Library 
(815) 753-0673

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