GAME-U Accelerate and is a unique program, designed by game industry professionals, that teaches students of all abilities, including those with special needs, how to design and build their own video games. Students will learn game design, coding and robotics with our STEM-based curriculum.
- Self Direction with Direct Billing accepted in GA, NJ, NY, & WI Designed to teach students of all ages and abilities, including those with special needs
- Build a game, a computer, a story, a robot, a website – our students take on projects that make them want to learn!
- Free, hour-long trial class and free, pre-class setup session
- Flexible scheduling and custom weekly or biweekly class hours
- Fully customized curriculum, developed by industry Pros, tailored to each student’s ability and interest
- Work 1:1 with a dedicated, Pro game development instructor, who has knowledge in behavioral supports and special education, that’s right for your student
- Specialized intake and trial process to identify and create a unique learning plan
- Unlimited hours and optimized pacing allows students to accelerate progress
- Open to the general public
Teaching Students of All Abilities
Game-U is Fun and Educational
Accelerate Program Goals
Teach STEAM Concepts
Students are introduced to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math concepts to help learn how to solve challenges and make their own projects become a reality.
Students are taught the basics of computer programming helping them improve their problem solving skills. They learn to identify and implement their program’s key features, test and evaluate performance, then fix any issues. These same skills can be applied to a wide range of areas helping them make decisions in every day life.
Improve Motor Skills
Robotics and computer use can increase dexterity and fine motor skills which boost student safety in and out of the home.
Promote community inclusion by educating all populations and promoting
Students work towards developing skills such as coding, 3d modeling, and game design that are applicable to a career interest. The education from Game-U increases the skill-set needed to obtain competitive employment.
We feel strongly that our students learning how to become adept at navigating online communication, online learning, and ultimately online collaboration and development is key to them being a big part of this 21st century economy. They have the opportunity to come out of this online interactive environment with a broader set of interests and abilities.
Game-U offers a variety of curriculum options. This allows students to explore many different areas of interest while working at a pace that is suited to their abilities.
If you think playing games is fun, wait till you’re building games! The Game Design Track transforms you from a gamer to a game developer, unlocking the mysteries behind level design, UIs, score systems, character animation, power-ups, and so much more. You’ll come through each project with a finished game that you can share with your friends!
Games wouldn’t look like much without artists! Whether you’re into 2D, 3D, digital, or traditional, game development needs you. Get the skills to unleash your creative power that will bring the next generation of games to life.
With a focus on 3D Art & Design, students will use programs such as Maya and Blender to create their own 3D models and study the entire 3D pipeline – from modeling and rigging to UVing, animating, texturing, and more, in order to make game-ready assets for programs such as Unity and Unreal.
It’s a superpower! Get ready to have your mind blown as you make apps, games, websites, and Minecraft and Roblox mods. You can even discover how good hackers keep cyberspace safe, and crack the secrets of computers’ digital language. Train yourself to wield the power of code!
Learn engineering and robotics through virtual and, when possible, hands-on experiences with age-appropriate equipment. Participants will study the basics of robotic programming, electrical circuitry, and mechanical design – by building their own robot!
Game-U’s Creative Writing students study narrative principles, character development, plot design, and the writing process while exercising their imaginations. Students practice with a variety of activities, such as fun prompts, team-based brainstorming sessions, storyboarding, personal writing projects, and more!
Learn to write documents, take notes, create spreadsheets, and more. Our Office training covers a wide range of software titles including Excel, Publisher, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint. After learning how to use the programs students are then trained in real-world applications. Finally, we will walk them through setting up a LinkedIn profile and YouTube channel to help promote themselves to the job market.
Looking to get started with the basics of computers? You have come to the right place. Our instructors can teach students everything they need to know about computers. From using a mouse and keyboard to sending emails, web surfing, youtube, and internet safety, we got you covered.
Our curriculum is taught using project-based learning techniques, which ensures that students are learning the skills necessary for a career path. As part of their training, students can choose tracks in coding, art, creative writing and computer literacy.
Our LIVE online lessons are one-to-one, using either Zoom video calls, Slack video calls, or in some cases Facetime video calls. Lessons are conducted with instructors and students able to share their screens for each other to view and learn from. Since our mission is to teach games development (coding, 3d modeling, animation, game design), it lends itself perfectly to this online format. The only difference is everyone can work from their home safely.
Students gain access to some of the latest tools/hardware for use in making their games and products, such as Game Maker, Construct, Unity, Unreal Engine, Microsoft Office, 3d Printers, and Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits.
Meet Our Teachers
Our teachers are Professional Game Developers who have the passion to teach the next generation.
Cedric holds a B.A in Physics with a correlate in Mathematics. He was the program manager for a STEM education company in California, and was instrumental in the creation of their year-long STEM program currently being implemented in schools throughout Orange County. Cedric is also a classically trained cellist and can often be found performing with others in symphony orchestras and small chamber groups. In his free time, he enjoys gaming, tabletop RPGs, table tennis, and rock climbing.
Richard holds a degree in philosophy and a minor in educational psychology from Howard University, where he studied progressive pedagogy for at-risk students. While an undergrad, Richard also took courses in symbolic logic, in practice similar to coding. Richard worked in Brooklyn for ten years teaching a variety of students, many of which had special cognitive or emotional needs. Prior to his career at Game-U, he was also a video journalist, recording and editing for TV, and studied modeling, rigging, animating, and compositing in 3D for visual effects, as well as game development (including but not limited to ventures into Unreal, Unity, Clickteam Fusion, and Roblox, along with mobile app development in App Inventor and Flutter) – all for the purpose of becoming a more effective media arts educator! In addition, he is a professional videographer and is exploring VFX with Blender and Maya. Currently, he is developing a 3D-animated film based on his life experiences.
Brittany attended Savannah College of Art & Design and holds a BFA in Animation and Associates’ degrees in Illustration and Advertising, as well as academic honors and student incentive scholarships. She was also an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She worked as producer, animator, and modeler on the short film Function, which won a Red Dot Award for Design. Skilled in Zbrush, Maya, After Effects, Photoshop, and more, Brittany loves being part of a team that “thrives on creating stories that make people laugh and feel good”. In her free time, she enjoys modeling creepy creatures in Zbrush, painting, and taking her dog to the beach!
Self Direction Waivers Accepted
Our classes are open to the general public but we can accept funding from approved medicaid waivers
Directed Goods & Service
NJ DDD Supports Program
OPWDD Self Direction
IRIS & CLTS Waiver Programs
Parent & Student Testimonials
I love going there I am also learning something new. I have a fun time working my games and projects the teachers are very friendly and nice. I have been going there almost 3 years. I would recommend this program to anyone who enjoys making video games. 3D modeling, and modding in Minecraft. I have made 2D games. I am working a 3D First person shooter game in Unity3D. using C# to code and program my game.
During these difficult times, Game-U was able to give us the routine we need and are used to. Being able to still have class has been a blessing.
Classes are scheduled 7 days a week and most of our students take between 1-4 hours of lessons per week. For self direction clients all billing is handled by your support coordinator or state medicaid. Please talk with them if you are interested in enrolling in Game-U as part of your self-waiver program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What ages do we work with?
Our curriculum can be customized to meet the needs of students ages 6 and up.
Do we take state Medicaid funding?
Yes! We are set up in NY, NJ and GA to work with students enrolled in their states’ Self-Direction Medicaid waiver. We do direct billing so families are not required to pay any money out of pocket.
Are there weekend hours?
We strive to be open 7 days a week in most locations. Contact us so we can go over the available hours in the location closest to you.
Is it an all-day program?
No. Our program is hourly and most students attend 1-4 hours a few times a week. Hours per week depends on your budget and the student’s ability to stay engaged and on-task.
Are your instructors trained in special education?
Our instructors are all experts in games development. Though they are not trained special educators, we do provide monthly workshops and support to help work with a neurodiverse community.