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Program Information

GAME-U Accelerate and Accelerate LIVE 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.

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 game development training, students learn the fundamentals of coding, using different languages such as C#, Javascript, and C++.

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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.

Critical Thinking

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.

Community Inclusion

Promote community inclusion by educating all populations and promoting
peer-based learning.


Virtual Learning (For students unable to attend an in person class)

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.

Added Benefits of Live Learning with Game-U

All of our students are invited to join our monitored Slack workspace, which is essentially a large chat room that we use internally for all employees to message each other. This is allowing students to be able to maintain consistent contact with their instructors and helps to include them in a community of other like-minded game developers and students.

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.

Curriculum

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 game development training, students learn the fundamentals of coding, using different languages such as C# and Javascript.

Technology

Students gain access to some of the latest tools/hardware for use in making their games and products, such as Unity, Unreal Engine, Oculus Rift, 3d Printers, and Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits.

Lessons and Billing

Classes are scheduled during the day and most of our students take between 2-6 hours of lessons per week. All billing is handled by your support coordinator. Please talk with them if you are interested in enrolling in Game-U as part of your self-waiver program.

Published Rates
New Jersey Self Direction Clients – Monthly Membership based on a rate of $83 per hour
Georgia, New York & Wisconsin Self Direction Clients – $90 per hour of class time

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Locations

New Jersey

Cedar Grove, NJ
450 Pompton Ave
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
908.940.1797
Fair Lawn, NJ
21-10 Saddle River Rd.
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
908.940.1797
Flemington, NJ
160 Main St.
Flemington, NJ 08822
908.968.4294
Hamilton, NJ
3525 Quakerbridge Rd.
Suite 3300
Hamilton Township, NJ 08619
908.940.1797
Manasquan, NJ
1913 Atlantic Ave
Manasquan, NJ 08736
908.940.1797
Morristown, NJ
7 MacCulloch Ave., 3rd floor
Morristown, NJ 07960
908.940.1797
Mt. Laurel, NJ
77 Elbo Lane
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
908.940.1797
Newton, NJ
4 Camre Drive
Newton, NJ 07860
908.940.1797
Piscataway, NJ
51 Cragwood Rd., Suite 304
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
908.940.1797
Red Bank, NJ
125 Half Mile Road, Suite 267
Red Bank, NJ 07701
908.940.1797

New York

Bohemia, NY
80 Orville Dr., Suite 200
Bohemia, NY 11716
516.217.1503
Brooklyn, NY
195 Montague St., 14th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
516.217.1503
Buffalo, NY
ONLINE CLASSES
Buffalo, NY
516.217.1503
Forest Hills, NY
118-35 Queens Blvd.
Suite 400
Forest Hills, NY 11375
516-217-1503
Hicksville, NY
535 S. Broadway,
Suite 209
Hicksville, NY 11801
516.217.1503
Lynbrook, NY
273 Broadway
Lynbrook, NY 11563
516.217.1503
Manhattan, NY
315 W. 36th St., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
516.217.1503
Rochester, NY
ONLINE CLASSES
Rochester, NY
516.217.1503
Scotia, NY
52 Market St.
Scotia, NY 12302
516-217-1503
Staten Island, NY
4442 Arthur Kill Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10309
516.217.1503
Suffern, NY
400 Rella Blvd
Suite 165
Suffern, NY 10901
516-217-1503
Syracuse, NY
ONLINE CLASSES
Syracuse, NY
516.217.1503
White Plains, NY
777 Westchester Avenue
Suite 101
White Plains,, NY 10604
516-217-1503

Ohio

Interactive 1:1 Online
Remote Classes
Dublin, OH 08822
908.968.4294
Dublin, OH
7533 Sawmill Rd.
Dublin, OH 43016
908.968.4294

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.

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