By: Shivika A
When I first heard that my mom enrolled me in a coding camp, I thought I was not going to do well because I didn’t know how to code. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make a game because I didn’t how to use some of the game programs, but I was eager to learn. On the first day of the mini camp, we learned how to make a basic calculator using many different programs. This was a very interesting and a nice way to be introduced to coding. I didn’t know anything about coding or how to make a game or anything of the sort. So making a calculator introduced me to some of the things I can do when I learn how to code. On the second day of camp, we made the UI of our game using Unity. The UI is the title screen of the game. I wanted to create a moving screen as my UI so as people would enter the game, the background would keep moving. The concept of my game is that a small pig would have to keep flying through the obstacles it receives. As the player would keep playing, the levels would get harder. It is called Flappy Pig because it is like Flappy Bird, but it is more fun! I made the finishing touches on my game on the third day – making all the levels, making sure the pig kept flying, and making sure that the background of the game was still moving. After I had made the game, I really enjoyed playing it. I was so proud of myself that I actually made a game! It was amazing, that after not knowing one thing about coding, I made a fully functioning game! With the help of the teachers from the GMU Game and Technology Academy, I learned how to do so many new things. They wanted to make sure that while I was learning how to make a game, I was having fun doing it. I am extremely grateful that I attended this camp because I had a fun learning experience because of it. I learned how to use so many app programs including Scratch, Unity, Adobe Flash, and more!