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Sphero Robotic Programming & Video Game Design Camp (Middle School Day Camp)

Dates: July 8th - 12th, 2019.

Middle School: This camp is for students entering grades 5 - 9.

Are you interested in animation, computers, virtual worlds, or video games? Join us this summer for Video Games Design and Development Camp where we have hard fun! This year we are introducing Sphero Sprk+, a versatile programmable robot, and GameMaker camp!

Sphero Sprk + is perfect for students taking their very first steps into written programming code. You’ll learn the basics of the block coding and JavaScript in an easy, non-complicated way. We’ll design a video game in GameMaker Studio 2 then program the Wink2 Robot to move through a real world maze, obstacle course and drag race.

Join the Fun

  • GameMaker game design software
  • Explore popular video games like Minecraft
  • Program the Sphero Sprk + Robot
  • Learn the essentials of game design
  • Develop a game story
  • Create game characters
  • Invent game goals and rules
  • Storyboard game scenarios
  • Design a game interface
  • Create sound effects
  • Compare video games to table top games
  • Learn scripting languages
  • Build assets in 3D
  • And meet profession video game developers

Time: 9am to 4pm

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 8:45 - 9AM. 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 4PM. All students must be signed in and out each day by an adult.

Program Fees: Cost for participation in this program is $250. We only have space for 20 participants, so early registration is recommended. For more information contact: or call 815-753-0673.

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