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    Girls Game Design Course | Ages 10-15

Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development

Alexa Café Course | Ages 10-15

Division
Alexa Café
Ages
10-15 (Must turn 10 by 12-31-17)
Skill Level
Beg - Adv
Ratio Guarantee
8 students per instructor
Prerequisite
None
Software
Stencyl, Adobe Photoshop

Course Description

Now your student can develop innovative mobile games for iPhone and Android, while working in a highly collaborative and supportive environment. They'll brainstorm, plan, and bring their creation to life with Stencyl, a powerful game design tool with a user-friendly interface. Along the way, girls will learn about key game design principles that have universal applications.

This course introduces girls ages 10-15 to STEM principles that set the foundation for bright futures in fields like video game design, game development, graphic design, app development, and more.

What Will Students Take Home?

Each student will take home their game on their mobile device as well as the .stencyl file that contains their game.

Note: If you'd like us to try to install your student’s game to a device, it must be officially supported and updated to the latest software version.

What Will Students Learn?

You'll Learn to:

  • Build games with computer or mobile controls
  • Create platformer, space-invader, and Flappy Bird-style games
  • Use conditional statements and events
  • Create characters in Adobe Photoshop
  • Create game menus and interfaces

Top Skills Gained

Software & Hardware Skills Development

  • Stencyl
  • iPhone
    iPad
    and iPod touch

STEM & 21st Century Skills Development

  • Project planning
  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity

Skill Level | Is This Course Appropriate for Your Student?

This game design course has no prerequisites other than a love for collaboration, style, and fun! It is ideal for girls who like games, storytelling, and creating, and are interested in mobile game creation or smartphone app development. Dive into game design and choose from a vast library of Stencyl drag and drop features to bring your ideas to life. This summer camp is also perfect for girls who are just beginning to discover the power of technology—beginner through advanced students are welcome!

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Where Is This Girls' Game Design Course Offered?

  • California - Northern
    • iD Tech Mini

      Day Camp: Ages 6-9

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SAN JOSE: SJC (16 miles, 25 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      SAN FRANCISCO: SFO (22 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr 15 mins public transit)

      OAKLAND: OAK (30 miles, 45 mins by car)

      Palo Alto, CA
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      OAKLAND: OAK (15 miles, 25 mins by car, 1 hr 10 mins public transit)

      SAN FRANCISCO: SFO (25 miles, 35 mins by car, 1 hr 20 mins public transit)

      Berkeley, CA
  • California - Southern
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      CHICAGO: ORD (26 miles, 40 mins by car, 2 hrs 10 mins public transit)

      CHICAGO: MDW (42 miles, 1 hr by car, 2 hrs 20 mins public transit)

      Lake Forest, IL
  • New York
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Day Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Day Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      NEW YORK: LGA (11 miles, 20 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      NEWARK: EWR (14 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      NEW YORK: JFK (20 miles, 40 mins by car, 1 hr 30 mins public transit)

      New York, NY
  • Pennsylvania
    • Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      PHILADELPHIA: PHL (20 miles, 35 mins by car, 1 hr 15 mins public transit)

      Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Texas
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      HOUSTON: IAH (23 miles, 32 mins by car)

      Houston, TX
  • Washington
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SEATTLE: SEA (19 miles, 25 mins by car, 1 hr 20 mins public transit)

      Seattle, WA

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Hours & Tuition

Day Camp

Ages: 10-15
Check-In: 8-9am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6pm Mon-Thurs, 3-4pm Fri
Tuition: From $949/week USD. All taxes included.
Lunch Plan: Lunch can be purchased for an additional $60/week.

Overnight Camp

Ages: 10-15
Check-In: 6pm Sun
Pick-Up: 3-4pm Fri
Tuition: Add $569/week USD. All taxes included.
Meals: All meals included

Please note: In addition to the prices listed above, there will be a one-time Safety & Compliance Fee of $20 per student per year.

Your Tuition Includes:

  • 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio (guaranteed)
  • Free flex hours at check-in and pick-up
  • Diploma with transcript and instructor insights
  • Final project and software discounts
  • Custom Alexa Café t-shirt, H2O bottle
  • Outdoor time, campus tours (most locations)
  • Access to online curriculum (iD Game Plan)

Optional Add-ons

Tech Rocket

Add $179 (annual subscription)

Tech Rocket is the #1 online learning destination for kids and teens. Aspiring app programmer? Indie game developer? Graphic artist? You got this! Level up your tech skills and build community with thousands of other students. With gaming tournaments, safe, collaborative forums, a massive Minecraft server, and an arcade, Tech Rocket makes learning fun all year long. It’s the perfect complement to our summer programs!

Continuing Education Units

Add $99 per week

Gain a competitive edge for college—Accredited Continuing Education Units issued by Villanova University are available for purchase upon registration.

Sample Day

7:30am: Overnight Campers wake up and enjoy breakfast! (Make sure to notify us of any special dietary needs or allergies before camp.)

8-9am: Day Campers check-in between 8-9am with our flex hours (no extra cost).

9:15am: All Campers meet for morning announcements, ice breakers, and team-building activities.

9:30am: Split into course groups. Grab your laptop, put on your favorite song, and start creating!

12pm: Lunch time!

1pm: Back to the labs to collaborate and create!

2:30pm: A game of Ultimate Frisbee, anyone? Capture the flag? Gaming tournaments? Board games? Optional sports? We offer many summer camp activities that vary by week and location. Beyond STEM skill development, students will socialize, make friends, and have fun.

3:30pm: Return to the labs.

5pm: Wrap-up your projects for the day.

5-6pm: Pick-up time for Day Campers. Pick-up flex hours are between 5-6pm, at no extra charge.

6pm: Dinner for Overnight Campers.

7pm: Overnight Camp students participate in supervised recreational activities such as optional sports, gaming tournaments, and movie nights. In some cases, students can continue working on their projects, as scheduling permits.

10pm: Lights out for Overnight Campers.

Instruction

Discover what sets our teaching style apart.

8:1 Staff Ratio Guarantee

We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At Alexa Café, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, all-adult instructors guide you through tailored curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.

How We Teach | Personalized Instruction with a Purpose

Our tech curriculum is based on a blended learning strategy. We couple live one-on-one instruction with iD Game Plan, our innovative learning engine, to provide you with properly paced learning. All girls enrolled at the Café will learn about 1-for-1 social movements, stylish, game-changing brands, and real-world entrepreneurship and leadership, all the while being challenged to incorporate technology to make a difference. It’s not just about building a webpage or learning to code--it’s about creating a passionate vision to inspire and help others in our local communities and beyond our borders.

All-Adult Staff

Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of Computer Science, Web Design, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.

Friday Concept Café for Families

On the last day of camp during Concept Café, instructors present each student with a personalized iD Tech Diploma and recap students' key accomplishments. Afterwards, students unveil their final projects to parents and siblings, demonstrating all that they learned in just one week of camp.

Why Alexa Café?

Alexa Café, named after iD Tech co-founder Alexa Ingram-Cauchi, was designed with girls ages 10-15 in mind. While all iD Tech programs are great for girls, we acknowledge the pervasive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) gender gap, and seek to remedy it with a chic, collaborative learning environment focused on girls. The Café emphasizes leadership, entrepreneurship, brand identity, and philanthropy, with STEM subjects creatively woven into the curriculum.

Code.org reports that while over 50% of the U.S. population is female, women make up only 12% of Computer Science undergrads. Similarly, women comprise nearly half of the U.S. labor force, but hold only 4.6% of top leadership positions (according to catalyst.org). Many girls are missing out on future STEM careers and big opportunities to innovate and create change. Alexa Café is not about special treatment for girls. It's about fostering leadership and tech skills in a fresh setting that's unlike anything else. For a more detailed program overview, please visit AlexaCafe.com.

Reviews

Game Coding Camp Reviews & Testimonials

  • “My daughter is a sports fanatic; I place her in this camp to expose her to something other than sports. To her surprise, she can’t get enough of tech now. She designed a game and incorporated her love for basketball into the game. To say the least I'm very pleased with the results of the camp. My daughter has now gained yet another passion!”
    - Twanesa B., Parent, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development
  • "The women running the camp are energetic, loving, supportive, and extremely impressive.”
    - Rich K., Parent, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development
  • “All of the staff team members clearly had excellent technical backgrounds and were qualified to teach the programs. In addition, they were friendly young women and served as excellent role models for the girls. I was very happy with the peaceful and secluded location of the class, which fostered a collaborative learning environment.”
    - Shelly R., Parent, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development
  • “I was very impressed with the progress that my daughter made during the class. The director and instructors provided a fun learning atmosphere. The teacher to student ratio was great and that allowed the maximum study time for the students. Thank you so much for the great experience.”
    - Sandra R., Parent, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development
  • “My daughter wanted to arrive early for camp every day because she was so excited to work on her game and see her instructor. She is already asking me if we can sign up for next summer! Thank you for the inspiration!”
    - Corie H., Parent, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development
  • “Before starting at Alexa Café, I knew nothing about programming and coding for a game, and now I know more than ever and can create my own games! The instructors and all the staff are all so kind and caring and made sure that I learned what I wanted to learn.”
    - Jaelynn P., Student, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development
  • "Alexa Café is a great program for people like me, who don't know if they really like coding, but want to try it. The whole staff is super knowledgeable and helpful.”
    - Ellie A., Student, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development
  • “You can be as crazy and silly as you want here and have the best time. Plus the games you make turn out super fun to play!”
    - Danielle W., Student, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development
  • “The camp was fun! I made new friends and learned how to create games! I didn't know I could learn so much in just one week. Not only did I create a game with my class, but I created my own game with my instructor’s help.”
    - Sarina G., Student, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development
  • “I really enjoyed Alexa Café. It helped me understand the world of code and what we can do to help our community with technology. It has shown me I can do whatever I want and that being a girl doesn’t mean I can’t code. I have been inspired to code not only for fun but to help with our world. Thank you, Alexa Café.”
    - Kaili T., Student, Game Arcade — Mobile Game Design & Development