Pioneer (Ages 10 - 12)

Game Dev Team

Online

The Game Dev Team program, formerly known as GameWerx, is a separate initiative available to the Pioneer, Voyager, and Pathfinder classes. In this self-driven program, students join teams under the supervision and guidance of their Game-U instructor and work to reproduce the professional game development process, from planning to publishing – all to bring their own unique games to fruition!

$0
Once a week for 1 hour
Continuous, year-round

Minecraft Modding Advanced

Online

This class dives deep into the advanced side of Minecraft Modding! Students explore server side mods, known as plugins, and learn to use Eclipse, an application with more flexibility than even MCreator. No longer limited to adding custom Minecraft blocks and items (although they’ll be doing that too!), they’ll tackle the fundamental mechanics of Minecraft, learning how to change the base game functionality itself. Come join in and master Minecraft!

$99 per month
Once a week for 1 hour (Students also get up to 9 hours in the Game-U Minecraft Server to build and show off their skills!)
Continuous, year-round

Robotics

Online

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! 

After mastering the foundations, participants will be set a variety of engineering design challenges, each with their own set of circumstances and requirements for the student to overcome. These unique tasks, designed to meet the needs of all learners and interest levels, will foster mastery of engineering and the design process, as well as help develop key critical thinking and problem-solving skills applicable to all areas of life. Come on in and build!

$125 per month
Once a week for 1 hour
Continuous, year-round.

Game Design

Online

Get your start creating full-length, 2-D side-scrolling adventures, space shoot-em-ups, puzzle games, and more on pro game tools! Students use editors like GameMaker as they study the fundamentals of game design, computer programming, and pixel art with the option to publish their games for iOS, Android, or web browsers. Students also have the option to join the Pioneer Game Dev Team or Open Lab. Your only limit is your imagination! 

$125 per month
Once a week for 1 hour
Continuous, year-round.

2D Art: Digital Techniques

Online

Take your art to new realms! Game-U’s 2D Art: Digital Techniques class teaches young artists how to use the digital medium to bring their creative vision to life. Using powerful software programs like Gimp, Krita, and Piskel, students create graphic design projects, edit digital media, draw characters, create animations, game art, and landscapes, and study professional digital techniques designed to improve their skills. 

All experience levels welcome!

$125 per month
Once a week for 1 hour
Continuous, year-round.

Creative Writing

Online

Every game needs a great story! Game-U’s Creative Writing students study narrative principles, character development, plot design, and writing style while exercising their imaginations. Students practice how to develop the lore behind a game with fun writing prompts, team-based brainstorming sessions, storyboarding, and personal writing projects. Get ready to tell a story!

$125 per month
Once a week for 1 hour
Continuous, year-round.