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2016 Summer Camp Registration Now Open!


We have a new look, are now officially a 501c3 charity, are offering a whole bunch of new game coding classes, and several new locations! Our class sizes are still limited so make sure to signup soon especially for some of the really unique intensive classes before they close out.

As in past summers, kids 7-16 will get to team up with other kids to build their own videogame and learn valuable coding skills with the help of our industry game developer instructors. Signups have started for all our camps, including 1-week intro classes starting May 30th and 2-week Genre and Skill Intensives courses starting June 6th.

More camps at a lower cost

We’re super excited to announce that we have dramatically increased the selection of camps offered this year, and are now splitting our days into separate AM and PM camps. This, in combination, with our updated tighter curriculum and better teaching methods allow the kids to build more impressive games in less time and allow us to bring the costs down and allow kids more flexibility when pairing with other camp offerings they might be considering.

2 Intro 1-week Camps (1 new!)

We have two introductory 1-week camp offerings this year:

  1. Intro to Coding with Minecraft Mods – NEW!
  2. Unity Game Coding FUNdamentals 

 

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Love Minecraft? Learn how to create your own blocks, textures, effects, and even program recipes! Use the Hopscotch-like visual editor and learn Java and Javascript coding as you create!

 

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Start your journey to becoming a game developer here! Build a game with your friends and learn the FUNdamental skills of using Unity, game development software used by the pros.

 

8 New Intensive 2-week Camps

We now have multiple intensive 2-week camp programs so your kid can develop a game in the specific game genres they love:

  1. Unity Genre Intensive: 3D FPS
  2. Unity Genre Intensive: 3D RPG
  3. Unity Skill Intensive: Character Animation
  4. Unity Skill Intensive: Explosions + FX
  5. Unity Genre Intensive: 2D + 3D Platformer
  6. Unity Genre Intensive: 2D Retro
  7. Unity Skill Intensive: VR Adventures
  8. Unity Skill Intensive: Mobile Apps

 

 

2 New Locations in Arvada and Denver

In addition to our past locations in NE Boulder/Gunbarrel at Karliquin’s Game Knight and our locations in Lafayette, we are also now offering two new locations this year, one in Arvada + Westminster at Adventurer’s Quarter game shop and another in Denver + Cherry Creek at Wizard’s Chest.  Who wouldn’t want to come build a videogame in a giant castle? We are exploring a location in Longmont, please email  fun@dreamquest.org if you would be interested in a Longmont location!

We have created a handy grid on the Parents page which shows you which locations have which class offerings on which dates.

Save $50 if you register by March 20th

It’s going to be a fun-filled summer, so register before March 20th, 2016 using discount code EARLYBIRD to get a $50 discount on our summer camps! For any questions about our camps, check out our FAQ at dreamquest.org/contact, or contact us at 720-FUN-0123 or fun@dreamquest.org

Our Nonprofit Mission

DreamQuest Academy is a nonprofit school whose sole purpose is to inspire future engineers in our community through creative play. Our unique programs encourage kids away from the often isolated act of playing videogames by offering a fun and educational alternative through the collaborative social process of designing and coding a videogame as a team.

Our goal is to expose all kids to coding – which often means making an extra effort to attract girls, minorities, and low income kids who might otherwise not gain competency in STEM skills, confidence in the use of technology, or  even consider a future career in engineering.