Animation & Gaming

Open to students age 8-10
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Campus
Session 1: July 9-13, 2018 | Session 2: July 16-20 | Duration: 1 Week | 8:30am-4:00pm
Application Information: 

Registration will remain open until the program is filled. For questions, please contact Summer@Rensselaer at (518) 276-6809 or email


This enrichment program will provide young learners ages 8-10 with an opportunity to explore several aspects of gaming and computer programming, and a chance to create a variety of digital media. Participants will spend time exploring how to make animations, games, interactive art, and how to create their own cartoon characters, as well as animate photographs. The computer software used is an iconic-based program called SCRATCH that was developed at MIT to teach young children coding technique in an easy to understand and captivating manner. Projects will allow students to create and will include stories, games, greeting cards, interactive art, music & dance, Makey Makey Invention Kit, and more.


What You Will Learn: 

Participants will learn the fundamentals of computer programing. They will utilize various strategies for solving problems and designing projects. Students will practice communication skills by presenting and demonstrating their projects and creations to the class

Day 1 – Intro to Animation & Scratch Layout (Sprites, Background, Motion)
Day 2 – Interactive Art, Effects, If Statements
Day 3 – Broadcasts, Games, Data, Operators
Day 4 – Story Boarding Project
Day 5 -  Final Challenge & Presentation to Parents


Faculty Profile: 

This program is facilitated by Rensselaer undergraduate students under the direction of professional Rensselaer faculty and staff from the Center for Initatives in Pre-College Education. For more information about CIPCE, please visit

Program Cost and Accommodations: 

Cost: $525.00

The full program tuition is due at the time of registration in order to reserve your spot. Fee includes all tuition and program materials. This is a day program only, no residential options are available. Students should plan to bring their own lunch, snack, and beverage from home each day.

After registration, students will recieve information regarding arrival/departure times, classroom locations, and full program details.

Please note that all students will be required to submit health and medical information before arrival on campus, per New York State Department of Health regulations. Health forms can be submitted online at the time of registration or prior to the start of the program.

Cancellation policy: Before the start of camp, 50% of tuition will be rufunded in the case of cancellation by student/parent. No refunds will be issued after the camp begins. 

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