Code Your Own Video Games in Scratch


Our popular Code Your Own Video Games camp introduces kids to the excitement and power of coding by teaching them to make real, working video games, just like the ones they love to play! Using the Scratch language, they will create games like Crossy Road, Galaga and many others and learn coding basics including loops, events, conditional logic and variables.

7 - 11
Beginner, Intermediate
5 days, 3 hrs/day
Ages 7 - 11
Level Beginner, Intermediate
Technology Scratch
Theme Coding
Length 5 days
3 hrs/day
Price $299

What Kids Will Learn and Do

This is a hands-on class where we make a new video game every day. It is the perfect place to start your coding journey, and projects are taught step-by-step.

  • Learn to use the Scratch environment to select characters and add code to make them move, interact and react
  • Practice recognizing and remembering coding patterns to build skills for more advanced projects
  • Add creativity and customization along the way, and design your own game by the end of the week!
  • Gain exposure to fundamental programming concepts and practices such as events, loops, if statements, variables, testing and debugging

Scratch is a free website that can be used at home during and after the camp.

Summer 2020 Chicago Schedule

Jun 22 - Jun 26
9:00am - 12:00pm
Jul 6 - Jul 10
9:00am - 12:00pm
Jul 20 - Jul 24
9:00am - 12:00pm
Aug 3 - Aug 7
9:00am - 12:00pm
Aug 17 - Aug 21
9:00am - 12:00pm

How Time is Structured

Camps are 3 hours long, and we break up the time into one hour blocks to work with kids' natural learning rhythms. In the middle hour, we take them outside and have unstructured playground time to build friendships and refresh young brains and bodies. The group walks a short distance to Hamlin Park in Chicago.

Class Size & Instructors

Camps are capped at 8 students, and will have a 4:1 ratio or better at this age group.

Our instructors are adults who are studying or have completed post-secondary education. We hire talented high school students as teaching assistants and to provide near-peer interactions.

All of our instructors have relevant coding or technology expertise.

Hardware, Accounts & Materials

Computers and all required hardware are provided.

Scratch is an online language and we will help kids get set up with an account on the first day, if they do not already have one.

Scratch is free and fully available for kids to continue coding at home during and after the camp.

Swim & Sports Add-On (12:00-3:30pm)

Price: $250 per week

For the perfect mix of exercising mind and body, we are pleased to offer the option to add a half day of swimming and sports to any morning camp. This program is only open to Power Up students who are participating in our morning camps.

The swimming and sports will be led by a professional and experienced coach, and will focus on keeping the kids active and having fun. Activities will vary each day, and may include a mix of "real" sports and fun outdoor games. There will not be a training program for any particular sport.

Activities will take place at Hamlin Park, and will include swim time each day, weather permitting. Dry activities will be accommodated for kids who do not wish to swim.

Kids in this program should bring a lunch. They will have a lunch break with some free time on the playground before the sports program starts.

After care Add-on (3:30-5:00pm)

Price: $15 per day

For families who need a longer day, we will be offering aftercare by the day throughout the summer.

Aftercare will take place outdoors in Hamlin Park, and you may pick up your child at any time during the window.

Students will be supervised by a member of the Power Up team, who may not be your child's daytime instructor.

Aftercare must be booked 24 hours in advance. Parents who are late picking up their child will be subject to a $40 late pick up fee.

Refunds & Price Adjustments

If you register in error, we have a 24 hour, no-fee cancellation policy. Just call us or email us within 24 hours and we will take care of it.

After that, you can receive a refund, less a $50 admin fee, up until 14 days before the camp starts.

There are no refunds within 14 days of camp start.

We offer a sibling discount for 2 children from the same family registered in the same program. The sibling discount is 10% and the code is SIBLING.

There is an Early Bird Discount of 10% on all registrations up to March 31. The discount will be applied automatically.

We do not offer price adjustments for missed days. Please select a week that works for your schedule.

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