Coding Games: JavaScript and P5

  • Price: Starting at $399
  • Age: Ages 10-12
  • Skill Level: Beginner-Advanced
  • Format: Virtual Tech Camps | Small-Group, Online
  • Duration: Meets daily for 2 hours Monday-Friday

About This Course

JavaScript is the backbone of the internet and an advanced language in its own right. It's extensively supported to help creators build whatever they can imagine on the web. From front-end to back-end, there's no more versatile language. Whether you're starting off tweaking websites and HTML, inserting your own games and features, or working on the full stack for your own personal project, JavaScript has you covered. Build amazing websites and fun, interactive games, then share them online.

Tools: JavaScript, P5.js

Topics Covered

  • Use programming logic to create game mechanics
  • Build games from start to finish
  • Practice game design principles with engaging activities

Course Format

This course is part of a weeklong virtual summer camp running Monday through Friday. Your child will learn online with a small group of other students, in sessions led by expert instructors. Each day includes two hours of live instruction and peer collaboration plus two hours of self-paced project development. Learn more below. 


Sample Schedule

Here’s a sample of what a week in this course could look like. Keep in mind students will progress at varying paces, and this is meant to serve as an outline of key materials and the overall experience. 

Students will learn the basics of JavaScript, including an introduction to variables, math operators, and the p5 Web Editor, and start exploring game design techniques. 

Building upon the fundamentals, students will practice JavaScript programming skills through conditional statements, functions, and the p5.play library. Then, they’ll start planning a top-down shooter game by creating art assets and graphics.

To add complexity to their games, students will add sprites and art assets to the game using p5 functions. Then, they will learn to program game mechanics including 2D player movements, boundaries, projectiles, and obstacles.

Next, students will program additional layers of engagement by incorporating features like collision detection, movement speed, and game over conditions.

To complete the week, students will refine their game features, add score, and finalize their personal projects. 

Portfolio-Boosting Transcript

At the conclusion of your child's course, they will receive an official iD Tech transcript outlining the skills they learned over the course of the week.

Elite Staff & Experienced Instructors

Passion for tech. Unmatched expertise. Personality that brings out the absolute best in your child. With 25 years of experience, we know there's no replacement for the best teacher. Each year iD instructors go on to be hired by the most prestigious tech companies in the world like Google, EA, Disney, Microsoft, and more. When your child learns from the best, they’ll unlock opportunities to become their best. 

  • 100% USA-based, adult instructors

  • Recruited from top universities like Stanford, Caltech, and NYU

  • Rigorous background and reference checks

  • Robust training programs and certification

  • Adherence to American Camp Association accredited guidelines

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FAQ

Like Python and other great coding languages for kids, JavaScript is an excellent option for those wanting to learn more about programming. If you think back to the last time you clicked through an interactive webpage or game - that is, one that responded on-screen to your button clicks, mouse drags, and more - that was JavaScript in action. While HTML forms the body of a webpage, JavaScript can be thought of as the brains of the operation.

If your child has ever dreamed of creating their own website or creating their own video game: they don’t have to choose! This course will help kids build strong JavaScript and HTML skills, must-haves for web developers and game designers alike. Learn more about JavaScript and web design for kids

While we are proud to offer world-class experiences on many of the world’s most prestigious university campuses, we also recognize that many families need the flexibility of quality virtual learning! It’s with these families in mind that we’ve adapted the core elements of our flagship camps to an online format with our Virtual Tech Camps. 

Like our on-campus programs, Virtual Tech Camps feature structured small-group sessions led by expert instructors. Each week includes live teaching of our signature, cutting-edge curriculum, plus peer collaboration, social time, and independent project work. To complete the experience, our Virtual Tech Camps incorporate all the magic of summer camp including games, challenges, and legendary iD traditions!

Yes, this course is designed for beginner to advanced students. Our small class size ensures that each student receives individual attention and has the freedom to learn at their own pace.

To run this online course with iD Tech, students will need a Mac or Windows computer (no Chromebooks, unless otherwise specified), a webcam, and a stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing. Additional info on course-specific installation requirements will be communicated after registration.

As courses frequently sell out, we recommend registering early to secure your child’s spot. You can make unlimited changes - with no fees - up to 14 days before the start of your session. If you need to cancel, you will receive a refund of the amount paid, less the payment plan fee (if applicable) and the deposit of $250 per week. No refunds are provided for cancellations made within 14 days of the start of your session.

Our Online Private Lessons offer 1-on-1 learning with our inspiring instructors, curriculum customized to your child’s needs, and a full range of STEM and other academic topics. It's as simple as selecting a lesson package and topic, and then choosing an instructor to schedule a 60-minute lesson at the date and time that works best for you. Learn more

Our Program Specialists are here to provide you with the best experience. Looking for a personalized course recommendation? Need help signing up? We’ve got you covered. Call us at 1-888-709-8324 or email hello@idtech.com.

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