STUDENTS RESOURCES

GAME ENGINES

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GAMESTAR MECHANICGamestar Mechanic uses fun, game-based quests and courses to help you learn game design and make your own video games!

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SCRATCH – Your students can use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games.

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GAMESALAD – GameSalad is the revolutionary game development toolkit that allows anyone to create the game and it’s the best way to introduce programming concepts, game design, and digital media creation to your students.

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RPG MAKER – The RPG Maker series allows you to create and customize every aspect of your game with an easy-to-use interface.

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CONSTRUCT 2 – Construct 2 is the perfect tool if you want to make great 2D games. This game creation engine offers an intuitive drag-and-drop interface that also lets you make use of your HTML5 knowledge.

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STENCYL – Code-free game development tool helps kids program and publish.

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GAME MAKER STUDIO – One of the best creation tools available for aspiring game developers.

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UNITY 3D You can create any 2D or 3D game with Unity. You can make it with ease, you can make it highly-optimized and beautiful, and you can deploy it with a click to more platforms than you have fingers and toes. What’s more, you can use Unity’s integrated services to speed up your development process, optimize your game, connect with an audience, and achieve success.

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TWINE Open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories that publishes directly to HTML

GRAPHICS

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GIMP – Image editing tool to create art assets for your game.

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SKETCH UP – 3-D design tool.

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INKSCAPE – A free, open-source professional vector graphics editor.

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OPEN GAME ART – A resource for free game art.

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CANVA – Design presentations, social media graphics, and more with thousands of beautiful layouts.

SOUND

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GARAGEBAND – Learn, play, record, create, and share your music worldwide.

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AUDACITY – Open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.

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ccMIXTER – Post and share music samples and a capellas.

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FLASHKIT – Archive of royalty-free sound fx.

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SOUNDBOARD – Comprehensive collection of various sound bites.

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FREE SOUND – Open-source sound

STORYBOARDING

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BUBBL.US – A free web-based mind mapping application.

INDUSTRY NEWS

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KOTAKU – A videogame website and blog.

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GAMASUTRA – Weekly articles on game design and threads for discussion

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WIRED – Coverage of current and future trends in technology.

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POLYGON – A gaming website that covers games, developers and fans.

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IGN – Website focused on video game and entertainment markets.

Additional Resources

EDUCATION ONLINE SEARCH – Directory of game design schools.

LEVEL UP REPORT – A weekly newsletter on 21st century learning through games, coding and making.

ITCH.IO – Host or participate in online game jams.

GAMEJOLT – Browse current game jams.

TECH ROCKET – Interactive, online courses on Minecraft, Unity, Unreal Engine & GameSalad (7 free courses!).

HISTORY OF ONLINE GAMES – An interactive timeline showing the history of online games.

GAME DESIGNING TOOLS – A list of useful tools and applications that can help you designing your game.

STUDENT COURSES & PROGRAMS

BLACK GIRLS CODE – Introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders.

GIRLS WHO CODE – Equips high school girls with the skills and resources to work and lead in STEM careers.

CODE NOW – Partners with tech companies to deliver fundamental programming skills to underrepresented youth.

CODE/INTERACTIVE – Year-round programs introduce students from underserved communities to technology skills for career development.

THE FLATIRON SCHOOL – Trains people in web and mobile development. Now offering a free online bootcamp prep course.

GENERATION TECH – Tech entrepreneurship program.

ADDITIONAL STUDENT COURSES & PROGRAMS IN NYC

If you’re looking for even more opportunities to do cool projects with technology, here are a few more teen programs offered in New York City.

CODE ED – Teaching girls computer science.

CODENOW – Practice coding at your own pace throughout high school.

iD TECH + TECH ROCKET – Offering camps and year-round online coding courses for kids.

NEW YORK CODE + DESIGN ACADEMY – Hands-on coding courses.

NEW YORK ON TECH – TECH360 is a free, 9-week after-school program for 10th-12th graders enrolled in NYC schools. Learn the fundamentals of web development, develop a portfolio of technology projects, gain priority eligibility into the Tech Flex Leaders program and get to participate in professionals opportunities at companies in NYC.

PER SCHOLAS: NEW YORK – Free IT job training in cities where it is needed most.

PIXEL ACADEMY MINI CAMPS – Single-day mini-camps on most school holidays throughout the fall in NYC.

THE CODING SPACE – Coding for students of all ages, beginners through advanced.

THE KNOWLEDGE HOUSE – Program dedicated to bringing innovation, technology and entrepreneurship to the south Bronx.

ZANIAC – Several programs are offered after school and during the summer to teach students K-8 math and technology through project-based learning.  Programs run through the office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

ADDITIONAL STUDENT COURSES & PROGRAMS IN LA

If you’re looking for even more opportunities to do cool projects with technology, here are a few more teen programs offered in Los Angeles.

CODEREV  – Tech camps and 8 weeks classes that focus on STEM learning.  Students create games, websites, apps, and more!

DIY GIRLS  – Teaching girls technology and engineering after school and during the summer.

iD TECH + TECH ROCKET – Offering camps and year-round online coding courses for kids.

iURBAN TEEN  – A STEM and arts education program that brings together underrepresented teens and young adults for career exploration and mentoring.

TECH GRRRLS – A free program that benefits girls’ technology education.  Events held once a month.

TEENS EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY (TXT)  – TXT is an award winning program that trains youth ages 12-19 in computer programming, troubleshooting, computer networks, and web/mobile development.  Programs run each quarter.

THE CLUBHOUSE NETWORK – An out-of-school learning environment where youth can develop tech skills with mentors through a variety of programs. 

UCODE – Classes on creating websites, apps, and games.

ZANIAC – Several programs are offered after school and during the summer to teach students K-8 math and technology through project-based learning.  Programs run through the office in Santa Monica.