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GameJam.js (Grade 5-8)

at CAMP EDMO - Berkeley

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Berkeley
1781 Rose St
Btwn Grant & Edith Streets
Berkeley, California 94703
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 10 - 13 years old
Average Class Size: 8
Teacher: Natalie Farrell

What you'll learn in this kids programming class:

Take your love of games to the next level!  In GameJam.js, campers will be working in pairs to create browser-based games of their own design.  Campers will be using WoofJS, an extension of JavaScript that includes lots of useful game code like sprite drawing, animation, collision detection, and more. We’ll cover core coding concepts like variables, functions, operators, conditional statements, loops, and more!

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: 
  • Initiative
  • Problem Solving
  • Collaboration
  • Empathy
  • Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method.
Please note that campers work in pairs or teams and share computers. This allows for a more collaborative process, as well as more comprehensive and innovative projects. Plus, it’s more fun!

Collectible Items
  • Campers will design and write code for collectible items, a core mechanic in many game genres.  Campers will be able to define how the items are generated, and what the player must do to collect them.
  • Campers will practice the coding concepts of arrays, loops, conditional statements, and random number generation.
Object Launchers
  • Campers will be able to give velocity to game objects and learn how to apply a gravitational force to affect the projectile’s trajectory.  Campers will choose how to use these objects to neutralize hazards, score points, complete puzzles, and more.
  • Campers will practice using variables, operators and loops to keep the projectiles’ coordinates and velocity updated properly.
Custom Controls
  • Campers will be able to define custom mouse and keyboard settings to trigger various game events, such as moving the player or creating new game objects.
  • Campers will learn about event listeners, a key feature of JavaScript.  Campers will also work more with conditional statements and variables.

Sample Schedule:

9:00-9:30AM - Opening Huddle
Your morning Huddle will get your gears spinning and your thoughts pumping. Get to know your fellow campers and jump start the day with games, high fives and jokes.

9:30-10:30AM - Lab 1
During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

10:30-10:45AM - Snack
Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

10:45-11:15AM - Real Time
Each day EDMO PRO campers will have 20-30 minutes of team and leadership building.

11:15AM-12:15PM - Lab 2
During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

12:15-12:45PM - Lunch
Add a delicious lunch each day. It’s a snap! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Rather pack your own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “‘Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

12:45-1:20PM - Hang Time
Each day EDMO PRO campers will have 20-30 minutes of free choice time. EDMO PRO campers can spend time outside playing games and will also be able to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.

1:20-2:40PM - Lab 3
During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

2:40-3:00PM - Closing Huddle
Closing Huddle is your daily wrap up! This is the part of the day when you can really let your campy side out with songs, skits and improv! Make sure you save all of your projects before you’re rolling on the floor laughing! #roll

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Refund Policy
Should your circumstances change and your child is unable to come to camp, we are unhappy you won’t be joining us but happy to issue a refund. A 100% refund is available until March 31st ($25 processing fee per cancelled week still applies), 75% refund until April 28th, and a 50% refund until May 26th. No refunds are issued on or after May 27th. We are also happy to save what was paid as a credit in you account for next year.

If you’re not happy with CAMP EDMO, please notify your Camp Director immediately. Camp Directors will respond to verbal or written parental concerns within 24 hours and schedule an Action Plan meeting to improve your camp experience. 99.9% of the time, we can make it better! If we can’t make it better, then please complete our online Money Back Guarantee, Form, once camp begins, and we will humbly issue a partial or full refund.

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