The CompuScholar: Game Programming with Visual Basic course provides 6th - 12th grade students with an easy introduction to programming and video game design topics using Visual Basic. This course pairs together our popular CompuScholar: Windows Programming and CompuScholar: Game Programming semesters in one integrated, year-long bundle.
These courses require a Windows computer to complete the hands-on programming activities.
The first semester teaches students to write graphical programs using the Visual Basic programming language. Topics include include working with numeric and text data, logical operators and decision-making, math operations, responding to user input, finding and fixing program errors, arrays, and more.
The second semester builds on the student's Visual Basic skills to write video games. Students will learn how to draw shapes, handle keyboard clicks and mouse movements, create and use sprites, display and animate images, detect collisions, play music, create artificial intelligence and implement simple game physics.
Students don't need any prior programming experience. We build all Visual Basic skills from the ground up. Students will use the free Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2013 development environment.
All course material is delivered online to both students and teachers. There are no textbooks to wear out or CDs to scratch. Simply purchase online logins for your students and teachers to get started.
Each chapter contains multiple lessons with:
- An instructional video
- Written lesson text
- An automatically graded quiz
At the end of each chapter you will also find:
- One or more hands-on programming activities
- An automatically graded test
While all course content is delivered online, each course contains hands-on activities to be completed on the student's personal computer. The student will actually write, build, and demonstrate their own programs using modern Integrated Development Environments (IDEs). All 3rd party software is free to download, install, and use!
The Teacher Experience
Our online Learning Management System (LMS) simplifies teacher's tasks like grading and progress tracking. Just like the student, teachers will receive all course material online. A teacher's login includes all student material, plus:
- A Teacher Guide for each lesson
- A Solution Guide and fully coded solution projects for each activity
- Quiz and test answer keys
- Complete electronic gradebook
- Student management features
- Hours of professional development for each course
- Windows 7 and up (including Windows 10)
- 1.6Ghz or faster CPU
- 1Gb of RAM
- Monitor with 1024 x 768 or higher resolution
- 3GB or more of free hard drive space
- Ability to ZIP and un-ZIP files and directories
A separate licence must be purchased for each student.