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Python Coding: Arcade Games and AI

  • Price: $399/week
  • Age: 13 - 17
  • Skill Level: Beginner–Intermediate
  • Format: Virtual Tech Camps | Small-Group, Online
  • Duration: Weeklong program, 2 hours per day

About This Course

Coding skills are among the most in-demand in today’s job market. Get your real-world experience with this introduction to computational thinking! Once you have the basics down, go further to see how your coding knowledge applies to algorithms, arcade game design, and more. You’ll start with logic games and Python—the fastest-growing programming language available—then move into object-oriented concepts. As your understanding of coding deepens, explore creating more advanced programs with graphics. With these fundamentals, you'll be equipped to tackle whatever coding challenges you face next!

Tools: Python

Topics Covered

  • Code with Python
  • Learn fundamental coding concepts
  • Prepare for more advanced coding content
  • Gain computational thinking skills

Sample Schedule

In this course, students will develop their Python programming skills through a combination of interactive, instructor-led lessons, collaboration, and independent project work. 

Here’s a sample of what a week in the course could look like! Please keep in mind that students will progress at varying paces; this is a general outline of the key material and overall student experience. 

Students will explore Python fundamentals, including an introduction to variables and PyCharm and start coding basic projects like interactive mad libs and stories.

Next, students will progress to Python functions and classes while building on previously explored concepts. 

Combining their new skills, students will practice creating art assets and graphics with and begin exploring the PyGame library. If they have not already done so, they will also start working on their personal final projects. 

Students will add layers of engagement to their games using Python. With instructor guidance, they will learn to incorporate features like 2D movement, collision detection, and obstacles within the games they create. 

To complete the week, students will refine the UI and UX aspects of their game, create menus, 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.

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  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Python is one of a handful of great programming languages for kids, handling everything from web dev and game design to machine learning and AI. Not only is Python versatile and relatively easier to learn - thanks to its simplified syntax and focus on whitespace - it’s one of the most exciting and lucrative 21st century programming languages around.

By combining coding with creating arcade games and impressive AI tech, kids can add creativity with the logic of programming for a uniquely well-rounded learning experience. Experts agree that  Python is the most compatible programming language for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Python programming skills are a must-have for concentrations like computer science, game design, engineering, and other STEM college majors. Plus, it’s one of the most high-paying programming skills out there. It’s hardly surprising, then, that lucrative, cutting-edge careers in data science, software engineering, and many more are on the rise! Learn more with 10 Reasons to Learn Python.

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.

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!

To run this online course with iD Tech, students will need a Mac, Windows, or Chromebook computer, a webcam, and a stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing. Any course-specific installation requirements will be communicated after registration.

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