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Get Ready to GameJam!

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Do you love playing video games? Have you ever wondered how they are made? Do you want to learn how to create your own games using code? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are invited to join our game jam event!

This event is aimed at elementary school aged children in grades 2-8 and is meant to celebrate the joy that can be found in coding and creating something with your own or with a team of up to 3 people.

What is a game jam?

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A game jam is an event where participants try to make a video game in a short amount of time. You can work alone or in a team, and you can use any tools or software you like (as long as the game can be played in a web browser online, please see our rules and regulations for more info). The only rule is that you have to follow a theme, which will be announced at the start of the event on March 1st.

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Meet CodeCombat

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Ever wanted to try your hand at coding, but found the task too daunting, or the lessons too boring? CodeCombat is an online game where you’ll solve puzzles using real-text code.

As you make your way through the levels, you’ll learn coding concepts and use real coding languages such as: JavaScript, Python, or C++. You will even have an opportunity to use your coding knowledge to see how it works in web development and game development.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll even have an opportunity to try your hand at the AI Combat league where you get to pit your own computer code against others around the world, making changes and adapting your code to match what your opponents are doing to make your code as strong as possible.

Your Vaughan Public Library card is your key to adventure and a future in coding. Come and check out CodeCombat and see what it’s all about.

For more coding programs and resources, check out: Coding Buddies, and our new Robotics Club featuring Vex Robotics.

For more advanced coding resources, check out the courses available through LinkedIn Learning.