At most summer camps, kids make friends, have adventures, and create memories that last a lifetime. But at Game Camp Nation, kids do all of that, and perhaps create the next Minecraft or Donkey Kong, which is infinitely cooler than any friendship bracelet. At this exciting and educational retreat, students between the ages of 9 and 17 learn STEM (that's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in weeklong camps where they master the ropes, codes, and mechanics of computer-game creation, and then play their newborn games competitively with other students. Game Camp Nation offers an array of camps to choose from. Here are some of the week-long choices currently available.
Game Design with Sploder: Kids make the transition from player to creator as they learn how to use the Sploder game engine, how to create art using Paint.NET, and how basic mechanics theory works (Ages 7–9)
Video Game Creation I Using Construct 2: Learn code logic, how to create art with Paint.NET, and how to import sound effects as well as complex mechanics theory to put puzzles in your game (Ages 10–12)
Video Game Creation II Using Construct 2: Learn even more complex code logic, how to create art using Adobe Photoshop, how to import unique sound effects, and learn object-oriented code logic to create complex puzzles in games using the multiple-inheritance principle that created Skynet and brought about the rise of the machines (Ages 13–17)
Minecraft Adventures: Kids master designing their own adventure maps and learn code logic and how to create resource packs for re-skinning objects and character (Ages 7–9)
Minecraft 3D Design: The next-level class teaches Minecrafters how to craft original 3D art assets for their adventure maps (Ages 10–12)
Video Game Creation with Java and Minecraft: Learn how to write code using Java, program “mods” for Minecraft, and teach game characters how to navigate a 3rd dimension (Ages 13–17)