Game Design and Roller Coaster Science

Knex Roller Coaster Camper

The camp day is divided into two topics: Game Design & Roller Coaster Science. In the Game Design potion of camp, campers learn the basics of video game development and design games by hand with Bloxels and tablets. In the Roller Coaster Science session, campers work with instructors to learn the basic engineering behind roller coasters and use K’Nex to build models that demonstrate how roller coasters work.

Goals

  • Gain the ability to define and explain examples of kinetic and potential energy, and centripetal force
  • Work in groups to build a working roller coaster model with K’NEX
  • Explore and build Platform Games
  • Build your own Video Game with BLOXELS

Topics Covered

  • The Physics of roller coaster design - kinetic and potential energy, and centripetal force
  • Build scale models of roller coasters
  • Introduction to 2D Game Design principles
  • Review of Platform Gaming

Software Used

  • Bloxels
  • Star Wars Bloxels
  • Tablets

Locations and Dates for 2019:

Greenwich Academy - Greenwich Academy - Day Camps

June 10 – June 14

Sidwell - Bethesda, MD - Day Camps

June 17 – June 21

Sidwell - Washington, DC - Day Camps

June 24 – June 28

Pingry School - Basking Ridge, NJ - Day Camps

June 24 – June 28

St. John's Prep - Danvers, MA - Day Camps

July 8 – July 12

Tatnall School- Wilmington, DE - Day Camps

July 8 – July 12

Valley Forge Summer Camp - Wayne, PA - Day Camps

July 15 – July 19

Tiki Tiki Board Games - Woodbury, NJ - Day Camps

July 15 – July 19

Lake Highland - Orlando, FL - Day Camps

July 22 – July 26

Kingsley Montessori - Boston, MA - Day Camps

July 29 – August 2

Rutgers University - New Brunswick - Day Camps

August 5 – August 9