Teach Kids How to Code Their Own Videogames! (coding experience not required)


(39.98734,-105.08103)
 

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

805 Excalibur StLafayette, CO 80026

Unity FUNdamentals course

About

Calling all students, programmers, artists, teachers, and computer-saavy folks to help out Dreamquest Academy, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, in our pursuit to expose kids to coding through the creation of video games. Summer is on, and our camps need your help!

ABOUT DREAMQUEST ACADEMY

DreamQuest Academy offers innovative programs for kids and teens ages 7 to 16 in the Denver and Boulder metro area. We offer STEM-based afterschool programs at both public and private schools, game jam events, and summer camps - all teaching kids engineering and social skills through building videogames.

We leverage our students’ existing passions for videogames to teach them how to code in a fun and creative way: first they learn how to code mods in Minecraft, and then the fundamentals of game design and coding by creating their own unique RPG, FPS, Platformer, 2D, or VR adventure games in Unity, a leading commercial game development engine. Our classes fill a much needed gap between existing elementary school CSed teaching tools like Scratch, Hopscotch, Bitsbox, or Agentsheets, and high school or college courses teaching AP Computer Science, Java, or other career-oriented programming courses.

DreamQuest Academy is very unique in that it grew out of DreamQuest Games, a commercially successful game development studio with over 50 titles shipped for PC, game consoles, and mobile apps over the past 15 years. Our experienced developers now inspire and expose these kids to the very real career possibilities that coding can provide. We motivate youth to challenge themselves by learning new skills, and promote the rewards of being a producer rather than just a consumer of the videogame medium they love. Our uniquely engaging and creative programs are ideal to expose technology and engineering to those with limited access, build proficiency and confidence in themselves, and open their minds to the possibility of a career in Computer Science and Engineering.

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING

We place our volunteers in areas that best fit their skills:

- Assisting in classrooms (could possible lead to an instructor position)

- Helping out with marketing including staffing special events

- Office help, running errands, data-entry, filing etc.

EXPERIENCE

No experience necessary, but knowing Unity3D or Minecraft mod building a HUGE plus.

Teaching experience also a plus!

Love of kids: Absolutely necessary!


TIME COMMITMENT

For Assisting a Class-- Summer courses run from 8:30 - 4 M-F with a morning and afternoon session (AM session: FUNdamentals of Unity: 8:30 - 12:30 / PM session: 12:30 - 4p) We do ask that you commit to one full session at least one day a week if possible)

For Special Events - Usually occuring on the weekend (such as Boulder Creekfest or Denver ComicCon) and hours are flexible.

For Office Help: TBD based on volunteers schedule


Skills

  • STEM
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Computer Science
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Tutoring

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimun 4hrs/Week
  • 16 Years of Age or Older
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