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Why Game Design Is the Perfect Summer Program August 16, 2018

Hackensack, Bergen County
Why Game Design Is the Perfect Summer Program, Hackensack, New Jersey

Video game design is an exciting field that combines computer programming and coding with storytelling, game theory, graphic design, and animation. While most professional designers are adults, it’s never too early for kids to gain the foundational skills, which will benefit them in myriad ways. MindsAhead Academy in Edison, NJ, shares three reasons to consider introducing your kids to this summer program

3 Critical Skills Kids Gain From Video Game Design

Programming & Coding

With the rapid evolution of computer technology, coding and programming skills may become as essential to educational advancement as math and language arts. Game design is a fun way to teach kids the basics of this field. Throughout the summer program, they’ll use game engines such as Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, Scratch, or Amazon Lumberyard to create experiences. As they gain a deeper appreciation for the “behind-the-scenes” work that goes into creating their favorite games, they’ll develop an understanding of logic and coding. 

Collaboration

summer programGame design requires learning how to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Students collaborate to brainstorm ideas, solve puzzles and problems, and build worlds, stories, and characters. They’ll also learn how to give and receive constructive feedback as they rely on each other’s input to evaluate how enjoyable and playable the game is. Furthermore, kids will learn to value others’ strengths and discover their own. 

Problem-Solving

While designing their product, kids will construct puzzles and problems players must solve and then answer them to ensure players can do the same. Students in game design programs also must develop effective methods for debugging and testing their product. They will also learn how to communicate the mechanisms of the game to teach new players the controls and physics involved. 

If you’re seeking a summer learning opportunity for your child or teen, turn to MindsAhead Academy, one of New Jersey’s most respected providers of after-school and summer programs. From reading comprehension and math to robotics and computer programming, they offer a broad range of subjects for kids of all ages. Call (732) 791-4848 to inquire about enrollment or visit the website to see a full list of programs. 

 

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