Power Up


Year Long


October 17 - July 25, 2024


Tuesday/Thursday | 4 - 6pm




Recommended Ages 15 - 20




About this class

Take your game from prototype to gold in Spy Hop’s advanced game design program, Power Up. In this intensive program, you will work as a team of designers, programmers, and producers to create a full video game that investigates a social, community, or global issue. You will learn to think critically about games, how they are made, who makes them, representation in games, and what messages they hold. Using industry-standard software and the Unity Game Engine, you will create your own unique video games and publish your work for the world to play. As a team, you will build a game that will be green-lighted at a launch party in July!

What happens in this program:

  • Creating art and assets for games
  • Learning C# programming language
  • Building game mechanics
  • Using components, game objects, and navigating a game engine
  • Thinking critically about games Including classroom discussions comparing AAA games and Indie games
  • Learning how to disrupt the traditional stereotype of game development
  • Everyone on the team develops an idea for a game
  • Everyone builds rapid game prototypes
  • Everyone pitches their game to Industry Professionals and gets feedback
  • Teens build a gaming portfolio and become a game studio
  • Your team will publish a game, with an end of program party to celebrate!

Interview session:

This class requires an Interview Session with the teaching mentor prior to being accepted into the class. The Interview Session is simply a way for the mentor and student to get to know each other and to assess interests, skill level, and set expectations for the program. Prospective students will be notified prior to the start of class of their acceptance into the program. The teaching mentor for the Power Up will contact prospective students directly within 2 weeks of receiving registration form to schedule interviews for Fall 2023.

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Fill out the form to apply for Power Up.