Active Learning Services provides exciting and enriching summer camps for children ages 5-16. Programs include chess camps where professional chess instructors teach children of all abilities to play and improve their games. Also our popular video game creation and animation camps give children a great opportunity to learn the basics of game design and computer programming. Students can attend morning or afternoon half-day programs or combine two programs for a full day of fun. They will have a blast with excellent instructors and make new friends with other campers, all while learning and developing their minds!
Programs at this location include:
USA Chess Camp - Ages 5-15 (half and full day)
This summer USA Chess is offering our exciting and entertaining chess camp at more than 100 locations nationwide. USA Chess is the largest and premier chess camp organizer for children in the United States. The staff is comprised of the finest children's chess instructors in North America. Registration options include mornings, afternoon and all-day sessions. Campers experience chess instruction and play in a fun filled environment designed to improve their skills whether they are interested in casual or competitive chess. Tuition includes trophy, chess set and much more.
Video Game Creation Camps:
Video Game Creation - Arcade Style (Ages 8-16)
The Arcade course is a program where the game that is created has action for each level all on one screen similar to Centipede, Asteroids, or Pac Man. The main character (which the children create) can be anything. Other characters (enemies) pursue the main character from off the screen or move about the screen. The character dodges the attacks of the enemies while scoring points for picking up objects and destroying the enemy objects. Options are endless and children create level after level for a full week of fun. This is a half-day program. Students can add an additional program to make a full day camp.
The themes, music and format of Gamemaker games are virtually limitless and imagination and creativity rule the day!
Kodu Video Game Creation - Like Mario Go-Kart
Ages 7 - 16, Introductory to Intermediate
Children will create something similar to a Mario Go-Kart style game. What fun! Campers begin by designing their own world. Worlds can have mountains, valleys, lakes, hills, etc. or they can be a design unlike anything you have ever seen before. It's totally up to them! Next they place characters into the world and program them to move about, interacting with other characters, even talking using scripts written for the characters. They can program characters to pick up objects, engage opponents, and overcome villains. Children will use their creativity as they build a world full of racing tasks. Whether it is collecting enough diamonds before time expires, navigating through the challenging obstacle course, or racing against a friend they are sure to have fun! This is a half-day program. Students can add an additional program to make it a full day camp.
Video Game Creation - 3D Concepts
Ages 9 - 16, Intermediate to Advanced
New for 2016! Children with prior experience with GameMaker software or are at least 10 years old will learn the principals used in making 3D style games while creating their own 'home base defense games'. Lessons include the principles of perspective, scale, infinity and other concepts. Students are challenged while allowing them to creatively apply their GameMaker skills and learn how game designers make the 2D computer screen 'come to life' with 3D effects. This is a full day program.