• Evening Workshops

    Want to dive deeply into specific topics? Join us for an Evening Workshop! Explore a variety of science concepts through hands-on activities, interactive demos, and experiments in a small group setting. Topics vary from stop-motion animation to computer programming to engineering – there’s sure to be something that piques your interest!

GameStart Workshop Information:

  • Registration begins August 6th for Museum members and August 8th for non-members.
  • These workshops fill up fast!  Each workshop is limited to 20 children. 
  • Registration is online only; no registrations will be accepted over the phone.
  • Click the link at the end of each description below to register today!

Cost:

  • $20 per child for Museum members.  Please enter your member number (located on your membership card) during checkout to get the member price.  Not a member?  Click here to join today!
  • $25 per child for non-members

Have any questions?  Call us at (734)995-5439 or fill out our Contact Us form.

Evening Workshops

Art and Animation: 3D Animation - August 14, 2014 from 5:45-6:45pm

Bring your first Computer Animation to life! Learn classic techniques developed by the masters of animation. Explore the principles of animation using the game-focused challenges created by the instructors from GameStart.  In this class we will be using 3D animation and lighting techniques.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop.

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Programming with C# - August 14, 2014 from 7:00-8:00pm

Learn to code video games using the C# programming language! This class will get students comfortable writing and running C# code using an example video game project. Students will create behaviors and actions for their in-game characters.

Ages 8-14; strong keyboard skills required; Note: Participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop.

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Engineering with Minecraft - August 21, 2014 from 5:45-6:45pm

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Get your first taste of programming with a visual approach! The software developers at GameStart have created a programming environment for our youngest Minecrafters. The Redstone material found in Minecraft behaves like an electric conduit, allowing players to rig up levers, buttons, and pressure plates. Learn how to create contraptions of increasing complexity, craft clever traps, and speedy transit systems while learning the fundamentals of logic.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop.

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Video Game Design: Unity - August 21, 2014 from 7:00-8:00pm

This course will lay the foundation for your future game design endeavors. From timeless board games to the latest AAA video games, you will learn the hidden rules and mechanisms that game creators use for fair, balanced, and fun game-play. See like a designer. Think like a tactician. Play like a gamer.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: Participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop.

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Video Game Design: Portal 2 Puzzle Maker - August 28, 2014 from 5:45-6:45pm

Create engaging, mind-bending, gravity-defying puzzles using CAD tools created by Valve Software. Challenge other player's creations and see how they stand up to your own. Are you thinking with Portals?

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop.

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Minecraft Modding: Create Your Own Block Type - August 28, 2014 from 7:00-8:00pm

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Discover the Java programming language as you learn how Minecraft Mods are created! Add your own special material to Minecraft that occurs naturally, can be crafted into tools, and has its own unique appearance and behavior!

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop.

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Web Page Design - September 11, 2014 from 5:45-6:45pm

Build your own web page! This class will introduce design fundamentals as we explore a number of modern multimedia technologies. Learn to consider the user experience for navigation, readability, and more.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop.

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Programming with Minecraft - September 18, 2014 from 5:45-6:45pm

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Explore the endless possibilities of Minecraft programming using the Python programming language! Begin with the basics and work your way up to our advanced challenges. As this is one of our deepest curriculums, repeat students are encouraged.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop.

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Video Game Design: Roblox Studio - September 18, 2014 from 7:00-8:00pm

Students will combine elements of art, design, math, and physics as they learn to make their own video game! Students will start by creating their own hero, villain, and in-game props, then they will craft the landscape of their game world with challenging puzzles and thrilling obstacles.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop.

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Video Game Deisgn: Unity - September 25, 2014 from 5:45-6:45pm

This course will lay the foundation for your future game design endeavors. From timeless board games to the latest AAA video games, you will learn the hidden rules and mechanisms that game creators use for fair, balanced, and fun game-play. See like a designer. Think like a tactician. Play like a gamer.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop.

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Minecraft Modding: Create Your Own Tool - September 25, 2014 from 7:00-8:00pm

Discover the Java programming language as you learn how Minecraft Mods are created! In this class you will program and design your own tool type in Minecraft. From egg shooters to paint guns, anything is possible!

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop.

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734.995.5439
220 E. Ann St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Museum Hours:

Monday: 10 - 5
Tuesday: 9 - 5
Wednesday: 10 - 5
Thursday: 10 - 8
Friday: 10 - 5
Saturday:  10 - 5
Sunday: Noon - 5

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$11 for Adults and Children
$5 after 5pm on Thurs only
Free for Babies 0-23 months