Creative Skills through Storytelling, Software Development and Videogame coding

Young Creators Academy is about much more than technology, software coding or creating videogames with tablets.

Through our hands-on active engagement approach and results oriented fun activities, we cover a wide range of basic and advanced skills while the kids enthusiastically go through an exciting journey of discovery learning and creation:

Awareness, conceptualization and visualization, open and applied creativity, structured thoughts, oral, visual and written expression and communication skills, collaboration and team work, connected processes, logics, maths and finally tech and coding skills.

Below is a quick summary of our general approach and some of the skill areas covered throughout the program.


Engagement and Awareness

Our first engagement with the kids is a fun session where we play games and slowly create awareness of what games are and about the playing experience.

  • Connect and become aware of our emotions and experiences.

  • Play a game. Talk about it. Do we like it or not?

  • What are our favorite games?

  • Why do we like them?

  • What are some boring games?

  • What makes them boring?

  • What is a game then?

  • Experience the fun of creating:

  • Draw and Create a quick game with Draw your Game

Conceptualization and Creativity

We move to a more creative approach, motivating kids to imagine a videogame (open creativity), visualize it and then focus on its features and specific appeal to others.

  • Invoke the Magic, Create the Inexistent.

  • Imagine a Game. Explain what it is about.

  • What is cool about it. What will you like about it. What will others like about it.

Storytelling and Communication Skills

  • Tell the story of your game to others.

  • Make them like it.

Graphic Skills and Visualization

  • Draw a picture representing the game.

  • Optional: Draw additional pictures of the game stages, situations, winning and losing conditions.

Writing Skills and Spelling

  • Write the story of your game.

Structured Thoughts

At this point, the kids are ready to complete our Videogame definition template, without it being a boring task and allowing them to structure their thoughts and become our of the structure and building blocks of a videogame.

  • Name of the Game.

  • Situation represented in the game.

  • Where does it take place.

  • Who is the main character (player)

  • Who is/are the adversary/ies

  • What’s the goal.

  • Winning condition.

  • What are the challenges / difficulties.

  • What are the obstacles.

  • Losing condition.

Pictures on Google Photos

Collaboration Skills: Working together

Since the very beginning and throughout the program, collaboration and respect of others work, ideas, space and tools is actively incentivated within a framework of horizontal cooperation and under the supervision of the coordinators.

  • Building and sharing knowledge and skills together.

  • Helping others.

Rules

A clear set of rules is explained and enforced, including:

  • Respecting:

  • Others work, others ideas, others tools.

  • Workplace environment.

Challenge and Problem Solving

We believe that software coding is mostly about creating practical solutions to challenges and creating tangible interactive experiences of ideas and stories. The actual coding is only a minimal part of it and most of the software creating activity is done in our heads, addressing challenges and creating solutions.

Math Skills

The kids also develop and acquire advanced math skills for their age, without difficulty as part of the creation processes of their games.

  • Addition, subtraction.

  • Percentages.

  • Variables.

  • Numeric and Text Values.

  • Operations with Variables.

Logic Skills

  • Logic statements.

  • Conditions and true and false statements.

  • Comparison of variables and values.

Spatial concepts

  • X,Y Coordinates

  • Relative and Absolute Positioning of Objects.

  • Movement along coordinates.

  • Continuous and discrete.