Have you ever thought about being a game designer? Here's your chance to try your hand and create your own original games or movies!
Have you heard about the latest new program from Boys & Girls Clubs of America? It's the Game Tech program -- perfect for all you gamers and animaniacs out there. Here's how you can get practice NOW learning skills you can use in school, college and in your career.
There are two parts to the Game Tech program -- the Game Tech 1 materials give you an introduction to game design, show you the basic principles and get you thinking about new game design concepts. You will also be introduced to "Scratch" -- which is a programming "language" that is used to build games. With Game Tech 2, you will be able to create either your own computer game or animated movie! You will get to practice the skills that you've learned and see your game or movie come to life.
Ready to get started? Grab your advisor and tell them you are ready to get your game on. And here’s what you do next:
1. Download and install the Scratch software. Click here to access it.
2. First you'll need to check out Game Tech 1 to learn what makes a game a game. Have your advisor download the Facilitator's Guide and helpful posters (see the links below); grab some friends and all together go through the activities! You may even be able to build your own offline game and test it with your friends.
3. After you've made your own offline game, use Game Tech I to learn the basics of the Scratch programming language. That will show you tips and tricks to make creating your own online game easier. If you want, you can watch the Game Tech 2, Episode 1: Scratch Tips and Tricks video to help you with the Scratch activities in Game Tech I.
Eager to try to master the whole program? Then click the "Download Everything!" button to the right. Have fun testing your new skills and taking your game to a whole new level!