Virtual Reality (VR) game development is here at the Academy!

We are so excited to offer our NEW 8-week VR GameMaker course which starts in February. This introductory course will teach kids how to make a simple VR game using the Unity program engine and C# coding language which they can then download to their Android or Iphone device.

Course Schedule:
Tuesday, 2/6-3/7
4:30-5:30pm, Grades 4 to 8
$160 (includes the Google Cardboard 3D viewer)

Registration is open to kids in grades 4 and up. Registration fee includes one Google Cardboard 3D viewer (see photo below) per child which is taken home at the end of the course.

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VR google cardboard

What is VR?

VR is a computer simulated 3D world or environment. Users are immersed in and able to interact within this 3D world through the use of headsets and other VR equipment.

The rise of smartphones and 3D graphics capabilities have enabled a new generation of lightweight and practical VR devices. And, of course, the video game industry has been the driver of development of VR for consumer use.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is open to kids in grades 4 to 8 and does not require prior programming experience. If your children are naturally interested and curious about computers, have or want to learn about programming, and are eager to transition from playing video games to making them, then this course is for them.

It’s important for parents to ensure that their kids, especially the younger ones, have the maturity, patience, and commitment to learn new computer programs and that they are ready to make this commitment. Registration fee is non-refundable.

VR and kids

What’s Involved In This Course?

Children will be using programs that professional developers use to make their VR games. Although this is an introductory course, the kids will dive right into learning the “professional” software along with a littlel bit of C# coding.

We love that we can expose kids to the actual programs that professionals use. It’s a great opportunity for your children to get started in this emerging field and for those that are genuinely interested in exploring and learning about the VR gaming world, this is an awesome way to get a head start.

What This Course is Not

Although students will be dabbling with writing some C# code to make their game run, this course is not focused on teaching them coding. They will become familiar with the basic coding vocabulary, as needed, but the focus will be on gaining familiarity with the Unity engine and how coding is used for this software.