Intro to Game Design

by  Liberty Science Center

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Design custom characters, animations, and behaviors for video games. Use the platform Scratch to build a foundation for computational thinking, an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $350.00


45-60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Literacy, Mathematics, Problem Solving, Sciences, STEM, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Google Hang Out

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

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Liberty Science Center

Jersey City, NJ
United States

Liberty Science Center's mission is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and excite learners of all ages about the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology.

LSC is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. The age-appropriate, curriculum-linked STEM programs in our portfolio are designed for each grade level from preschool through post-college, including pupils with special needs. All of our programs are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—known in New Jersey as NJSLS (Science)—to help identify those that best meet your curriculum goals.

Mary McDonald

Program Details


PLEASE NOTE: Students must have access to their own computer for this session.

1. Teacher will log in to the room 15 minutes prior to program start.
2. We will discuss how video games are made
3. We will discuss the game design challenge the students will undertake.
4. We will review the concept of Beta Testing a video game
5. We will introduce Scratch to the students and the basic functions of the web-based platform
7. Students will have time to design a short mini-game.
8. Conclusion./Questions


Students will:

- Learn about how video games are made
- Learn about the Beta Testing a prototype video game
- Gain skills using the MIT Scratch web-based platform to develop a mini-game.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

State Standards

Alignment to NJSLS - Science
MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking
8.2.8.ED.1 Evaluate the function, value, and aesthetics of a technological product or system, from the perspective of the user and the producer.

8.2.8.ED.4 Investigate a malfunctioning system, identify its impact, and explain the step-by-step process used to troubleshoot, evaluate, and test options to repair the product in a collaborative team.

Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

7.EE.3 Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate, and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies.