Adventurers: Ages 8-12
Adventurers: Ages 8-12
Roblox and Game Design
|Age||8 to 12|
|Date & Times|
|Location||Jane Cameron Building (JCB), Notting Hill Prep School, 95 Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ|
If your child is crazy about Roblox, or would love to learn how to make their own games, (or both!), this is the perfect course for them! Students learn the fundamentals of coding, game design and development through an exploration into this popular game. Throughout the week, students will create their own unique Roblox game which they can publish and play with their friends! They'll use Scratch to explore the mechanics, features, and programming needed to make a fully-functioning platform game. Freedom of expression is key within this course - students can customise their creations, including the goal, characters, scenery and music, making each of their games unique! This course covers more advanced game-making techniques and is aimed at students who are familiar with Scratch.
This course aims to engage kids through creative coding projects using the popular online game Roblox, and give them a thorough grounding in computational principles and game design. Students will learn the fundamentals of coding such as loops, functions, variables, and conditionals, as well as the main concepts of game development. They will be introduced to both block-based and text-based languages, gaining an understanding of the behind the scenes of the Roblox universe. Finally, students will work on projects that utilise both off-screen activities and programmes outside of the games to develop their imagination and practical skills, which can then be applied to their in-game servers! This course aims to cover tougher coding concepts and logic, encouraging students to create projects and solve problems more independently.
Information for parents
Please note that if your child has attended an online Roblox course they may find some of the content of this course repetitive. Get in touch with our team if you have any questions. Please note that Chromebooks are not suitable for this course. If you’re not sure whether your laptop is suitable, get in touch and we can help. If you do not have a suitable laptop for this course, you can rent one at checkout.
10.00 - 11.00
First off we'll get to know our teacher and classmates through some great mini games. Once we're all friends, we'll be introduced to our activity for the day. Let's jump in to coding!
11.15 - 12.30
Now that we've had a healthy snack, we're ready to get right back into our activity. We'll carry on flexing our creative muscles by designing, coding and building our project.
12.30 - 13.30
After half an hour for lunch it's time for some offline, outdoor time. Students take part in activities ranging from dodgeball, obstacle course races to football tournaments, scavenger hunts to water games.
13.30 - 14.45
Let's refocus after lunch and playtime by diving into building our robots!
15.00 - 16.00
It's time to finish off our project for the day and show it off to the rest of the class. Time has flown by - let's tidy up our work stations, pack up our things and get ready to go home!
My favourite part was playing in my world with my friends!
Student, aged 9
How does it work?
- We have an average teacher:student ratio of 1:6 - this means that all students receive dedicated support, and top-quality, hands-on teaching
- Real-time communication with parents through our online platform means you can stay updated with what your child is up to
- Reports from teachers detail what your child has learnt, their strengths, and how they can improve
What to bring?
- A nut-free packed lunch and reusable water bottle
- A face mask to be worn when entering the building and in corridors
- Weather-appropriate clothing, so your child can enjoy outdoor play
- A high-spec laptop (with passwords and chargers) - if you don’t have this, you can borrow one from us before you checkout
- A readiness to have fun!
- BlueShift teaching staff are coding professionals, who are passionate about passing their expertise onto children - many have previously taught at prestigious schools
- Teachers undergo a rigorous application and training process, ensuring we get the best of the best
- All teachers are vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Campers should not be brought to camp if they are displaying signs of illness. In the case of a camper who has become ill during camp hours, parents will be notified immediately to pick their child up. If a child misses a day or multiple days of camp because of an illness, credit towards another camp can be arranged for when they're feeling better.
You can cancel your camp booking up to 14 days prior to the start date. If you want to cancel your camp booking less than 14 days before, you can receive 50% refund or full credit towards future courses when cancelling between 13-7 days before, or full credit when cancelling less than 7 days before. If we are unable to run our camps, you will receive credit or a full refund.
What are you doing at camps with respect to COVID-19?
At BlueShift, our top priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our students, parents and staff. That's why we have thought carefully about our upcoming camps and what we can do to ensure we keep our community safe. Please read our COVID-19 Camps Policy Overview FAQ for more information on how we are doing this.
Please be aware these policies will be shared with you in more detail closer to the beginning of camp.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
A laptop! If you don't have a laptop to bring you can rent one from us when you make your booking. An ipad will not be enough for this course. Not any laptop will work, you can fing out required specifications in the next FAQ.
Any laptop chargers and a case to keep the laptop safe!
A note with all necessary passwords written down. If you are using your own Minecraft license, make sure you have the login details written down
Weather appropriate clothing for outside play
A packed lunch (not including nuts) and reusable water bottle
With respect to COVID-19 we ask that parents provide their child with a mask to take with them for when they are entering and leaving camp. Masks are not required in classrooms.
What laptop or computer is suitable for this class?
The full specification can be found here, but to summarise:
Do I need to install anything prior to the camp?
Yes, to do this camp, you will need to have the latest version of Minecraft downloaded onto your computer. If you are renting our laptop, everything will be set up! If you are having problems installing Minecraft, the teacher can help you do it in the morning of the first day.
You will also need to have 2 accounts for this course:
Minecraft Account - This is the username and password that you use to log on to Minecraft. It can be the same login that your child usually uses.If you child is playing Minecraft on an iPad, they might not have a license.
You can purchase a Minecraft Account here or rent one of our to use during the class
LearnToMod Account - This is the username and password that students will use to access the LearnToMod website. We will provide one of our accounts to use during the course, but you are welcome to purchase your own account if you want to keep your work and continue modding. You can purchase your account here.
Can I switch camp dates incase holiday plans change?
Yes! Read our CampShift policy for more information.
"Thank you BlueShift for doing such a great job. My son is so excited about coding and learning made fun."
"These courses are an amazing way to get kids interested in coding and robotics. Fun and educational"
"My son was very keen to advance in programming. Not only has this been achieved, but his self-esteem has been greatly raised through your work. Thank you!"
"The teachers have been excellent, full of enthusiasm and patience making the whole experience really fun"