GameStart Programming At Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library has recently added a couple of upcoming events with Game Start to their calendar. I haven’t attended any GameStart School events (at the library or their facility yet), but have several friends who have brought their kids to sessions and enjoyed them.

Update: 8/10/14 – The Monday, August 11 Minecraft Programming Workshop has been cancelled because the Downtown Branch of AADL will be closed for elevator repairs.

Update: 8/14/14 – Additionally, the August 15, August 18 and August 22 have been cancelled due to further repairs requiring the library to be closed for the rest of this week and next.

Monday afternoons in August will be Minecraft afternoons with events from 2-3:30p in the Training Room at the Downtown Branch. Redstone Engineering for kids in grades 1-3 will be held on Monday August 4 and 18. Minecraft lovers will learn how to use Redstone to build levers, buttons, and pressure plates creating traps and transit. Monday, August 11 and 25 will be Minecraft Programming for kids in grades 3-8. Kids will use the Python programming language to create their own worlds while learning the basics of programming like loops, arguments, and functions.

Friday afternoons (2-3:30p) in August will also feature GameStart Events at the Downtown Branch’s Training Center. On Friday, August 8 and August 22 kids in grades 3-8 can learn Computer Animation using the professional 3D animation software Maya to create their animation. Then, on Friday, August 15 will be about Artificial Intelligence using the Unreal Engine 4. Note, there will be no event on August 29.

Update: On Monday, August 4 my daughter attended the Redstone Engineering workshop and loved it. After struggling to play the computer version of Minecraft, she is now confident and loved learning the little tricks. I do recommend arriving early because the workshops can reach capacity. On Friday, August 8 she attended the Computer Animation workshop. She had fun, but enjoyed the Redstone Engineering workshop much more. We are now looking into more classes with GameStart.

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