July 20 – July 24 Makers (grades 4-8)
SUMMER OF STEAM 2020
MAKER CODER: (morning)
Python Game Design
This course teaches the fundamentals of computer programming and demonstrates how to code fun, creative projects using Python, a free, intuitive, open-source programming language that's one of the top five most popular worldwide. Students will understand the fundamental ideas of computer programming and the process of computational thinking using illustrations, flowcharts, and pseudocode, then shows how to apply those essentials to code exciting projects in Python. This course gives students the tools they need to create their own computer programs.
MAKER GAMER: (afternoon)
Magic the Gathering
Magic Master: Matt Rubin
Since before the start of the millennium, Wizard of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering has been a staple in the realm of tabletop and trading card games. It's played nearly the whole world over, and its easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay is attractive to beginners, while maintaining interest in experts. With five colors, dozens of creature types, and countless mechanics for building and playing a deck, all of which can be mixed and matched, it is not difficult to see why
This course is for beginner-to-intermediate level players. It will start out teaching gameplay basics, before moving on to more advanced topics such as deckbuilding and alternative and variant game formats, such as Commander or Planechase. Students will learn many of these skills through playing against one another with cards and decks provided by the instructor (while bringing one's own deck is encouraged later on, for the beginning of the course, gameplay will be restricted to decks built by the instructor to facilitate learning specific elementary skills.