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Game Programming and Design

Game Design

This year we are offering two levels of experience as part of the professional development workshop. These workshops will allow learners of any level to use a free, simple to use and highly respected game programming software, Scratch. Learners can use this program in elementary and middle schools, extended day programs, and even as part of a complete high school game design course.

Scratch is a free programming language developed by and made available through MIT. What makes Scratch unique is the way it allows students to easily create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. Best of all, they can share their creations on the worldwide web, and collaborate with others as they create, share, remix, and recreate! Scratch certainly goes beyond STEM by bringing in just about any curriculum. As students create, share, explore, and remix Scratch projects, they will learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

June 10-13, 2015 - Beginners Teacher Workshop
In this workshop, we will teach the basics to get you started, give student examples, and show how Scratch can be applied across the curriculum. Participants will receive a PDF copy of Super Scratch Programming Adventure as a part of the workshop. You will discover how to get students interested in basic game programming and design plus get them involved in animation, drawing, interactive art, games, math, music, simulations, and even a possible contest. While this workshop will only "Scratch" the basics, it will leave you and your students scratching for more.

June 11-13, 2015 - Advanced Teacher Workshop
This workshop requires previous Scratch experience. We will take the learning to the next level with Scratch by incorporating advanced artwork, music and sound editing, and storytelling. In addition, a new technology - Makey Makey - will be combined with Scratch to expand projects to full functionality with a touch controller. Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century that turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the Internet. It's a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.

June 15-18, 2015 - Practicum*
The professional development experience will continue as teachers implement strategies and instruct camp students on gaming design and related teaching/learning concepts in a practical setting. Teachers will leave the workshop with skills and knowledge that allow them to utilize gaming software with their students during fall 2015. The gaming instructor will monitor, encourage, and mentor teachers as needed in the practicum camp setting.

*Participation in Camp Practicum required for CEUs and stipend.


What You Take Home

  • Experience of learning and working with Scratch programming software
  • PDF copy of the Super Scratch Programming Adventure
  • USB flash drive with workshop resources
  • Strategies on how to get students interested in game programming and design
  • Hands-on experience working with students on game programming and design
  • 6.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Texas Tech University ($30 if requested)
  • 60 hours Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit
  • 30 hours of content qualify as Gifted and Talented

About the Instructor

Juan Orozco

Juan Orozco is an Education Specialist for Instructional Technology at Eanes ISD and has been an educator for 18 years. Juan is also an Intel Teach Master Teacher, Google Certified Teacher, PBS Teacherline facilitator, Discovery Star Educator, Engineering by Design Facilitator, and a Learning Forward Board Member.

He has developed and led numerous instructional technology staff development sessions and has presented at various conferences including the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) now ISTE, Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), TECH Forum, and the Texas Staff Development Conference (TSDC).



  • Fee: No charge for this workshop, but registration is required to attend
  • Limited to 20 total participants
  • Lunch will be provided during June 15-18  | Other meals and lodging on your own
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  • June 10-13, 2015
    Beginners Teacher Workshop
  • June 11-13, 2015
    Advanced Teacher Workshop
  • June 15-18, 2015
    Practicum with Camp Students
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily Instruction
  • Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
  • Classroom: TBA
  • Focus on Grade Levels: 6-12
  • June 15-18, 2015
  • Hands-on teaching with camp students
  • Each teacher will receive $800 stipend
  • Criminal background check documentation required to work with the students during the practicum
  • Texas Tech requires special training to work with students; this can be completed online - 1 hour
  • *Participation in Camp Practicum required for CEUs and stipend