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Video Game Design

Students learn how to create video games in JavaScript in this honors-level, introductory course! Its curriculum teaches the foundations of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills.

Overview & Highlights

Level
High School
Contact Hours
175
Timeframe
Year

Course Overview

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Programming With Karel
Students learn the basics of programming by giving Karel the Dog commands in a grid world.
JavaScript and Graphics
Students learn the basics of JavaScript, including variables, user input, control structures, functions with parameters and return values, and basic graphics.
Project: Guessing Game
Students create a game where the user needs to guess the secret number!
Animation and Games
Students learn how to make objects move around the screen and let users interact using the mouse!
Crazy Ball Game
Students make a fun graphical game where the player's goal is to follow a crazy ball as it bounces around the screen.
Project: Breakout
Students learn how to make their own Breakout game from scratch using JavaScript.
Project: Fun Snake
Students create their very own game of Snake where they help the ever elongating snake survive!
Basic Data Structures
Students explore lists/arrays, maps/objects, sets, and grids. These are the essential basic data structures for any program development.
Project: Tic Tac Toe
Students create their own game of Tic Tac Toe! Students apply what they have learned about data structures and make a two player tic tac toe game.
Project: Helicopter Game
Students demonstrate their programming prowess as they develop the classic Helicopter game one step at a time.
Final Project: Your Own Game
Students apply their knowledge in building a game of their own!

79
Lessons
72
Videos
119
Exercises
20
Challenges
79
Offline Handouts

Demo Programs

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Course Resources

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Standards

Video Game Design is aligned with the following standards

Standards Framework View Alignment
Texas Computer Science 1 View (65.1%)
North Carolina Computer Programming I View (64%)
Indiana Computer Science 1 View (58.5%)

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