Game Design

Game Design is a 10-lesson class that allows students to explore the art of making games with Java. Students will be taught the basics to how to manipulate windows, images, and animations in their games. The goal of this class is for each person to complete a single simple game, such as tic-tac-toe, in their program. Students may need to work on the project between lessons depending on the difficulty of their game and their game development skills. This class focuses to enhance coding skills as well as creativity and other essential skills in the modern workplace.

Dates: Saturdays 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 12/2

Time: 6:00pm–7:30pm

Location: Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306


Arthur Ji

My name is Arthur Ji, and for this 2017-2018 Silicon Valley Youth school year, I will be your Assistant Head of the Computer Science Department, as well as a teacher for a Game Design class. I am in my sophomore year at Monta Vista High School. I have passion for business, games and computer programming in general. The reason why I first got into computer programming was because I was interested in games and was inspired by them to try to create my own game. As a programmer and as a teacher, I was to also inspire my friends and younger generations to take up the interest of computer programming. Computer is not only a door to creativity and better thinking, but it also become essential to getting good jobs and favorable careers in the modern age. At Silicon Valley Youth, out priority is to bring creativity and new ideas to the classroom, and I hope to that throughout this semester of class! Good luck, and I hope to have a great class with everyone!

Teaching Assistant

Paul Zhao

Paul Zhao is currently a sophomore at Gunn High School in Palo Alto. Paul has experience with coding through different camps and his current high school electives as well as competing on a robotics team. He has taking the Java Class at SVY before and has experience as a TA. Paul has done competitive math and AMC 8 in middle school. With remaining free time, his interests include Netflix, playing basketball, and chemistry. This semester, Paul will be the TA for Arthur Ji’s Game Design class at Gunn High School.

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