About this Course
The IGNITE Program is for enthusiastic high school students who are interested in exploring the world of science and technology while developing essential skills of various types. The IGNITE Program contains generalized and specialized courses that either help students explore STEM topics to discover their interests, or focus on a specific subject matter to master a skill.
The Intro to GameDev course is designed for high schoolers that have beginner level experience in computer programming and are looking for an exciting challenge. In this course participants will create a simple computer game as their central project. To do so, participants will learn fundamental programming concepts in the Python programming language such as if/else statements, loops, functions, lists and classes through various exercises during live sessions. Participants will then use this their conceptual knowledge to code an entire game from scratch!
In addition to programming, learners will explore areas in graphic design to create all the graphic elements related to their game including game characters and backgrounds. Learners will also explore various topics in Earth and Space sciences, such as space travel and sustainable space exploration. To succeed in this course, learners are encouraged to take the IGNITE Tech Explore (Level 2.5) course, or have some previous experience programming in Python.
Who can sign up for an IGNITE Program course?
Anyone in grades 9 to 12 can sign up for an IGNITE course.
When does it take place?
Weekday evenings - click on each course above to find out when they take place!
How do I know which course to take?
Learners who do not have previous experience in coding, computer aided design (CAD) and graphic design are required to take the Tech Explore course, prior to taking any other IGNITE course.
Learners who already have experience in the given content areas (eg. from school or previous programs), the Tech Explore course is not required.
Please make a decision based on your previous experiences and comfort levels.
How do I sign up?
Click on the course of your choice above and then click Register. Complete the Registration process. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete!
What happens after I register?
You will receive an email from our team containing a Google Classroom class code. Add the class to your Google Classroom - inside the classroom you will find the weekly link to the sessions and all other content (slides, assignments, games, etc.).
Is there a fee to register?
The cost of participating is $130.00 CAD for 10 weeks!
Where do the sessions take place?
The sessions take place virtually on a platform called BlueJeans. All you have to do is download the program once (for free) and use the same link to join the session each week!
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