KTBYTE Computer Science Academy >> Classes >>


Game Design with JavaBlocks (Weeklong)

Class Description:

(Please contact us if you would like us to open additional weeks during the summer besides what is already listed) This course is an accelerated version of the FUN2a semester-long course. As such, it is suitable for students who have mastered scratch. Students will become exposed to Java through JavaBlocks, a drag-and-drop programming language created by KTBYTE instructors that serves as a transition to a typing and "typed" computer language. By using this program, students can focus on achieving a theoretical understanding of high level Java syntax, without having to type above 20-30 words per minute. Like slowly removing the training wheels from a bicycle, students will transition from using the Scratch platform to learning about syntactical errors, variable types, modular programming, and arrays using Java Blocks. In-class projects will include whack-a-mole, pong, space shooters, and more. At the end of the week, students will receive a recommendation based off their mastery of the course material. The follow-up courses are FUN2a and FUN2b.


FUN1a / FUN1b, moderate experience in scratch or similar environments. 5th grade math proficiency or permission or instructor

Class Features:
Class Project(s)

Students will make a project in Javablocks that will be presented to the class.
Virtual Machine (VM)

Included for In-Person Classes

A Virtual Machine is a remote desktop that allows students to connect to it from anywhere. We provide VMs so that students use it during classes and to work on homework.
Student Support:
Office Hours with
Teacher's Assistants

Office hours are led by our highly qualified teaching assistants. It is an easy and free way to get immediate feeback on your code. Our homework is difficult - office hours can help you overcome obstacles and develop a stronger understanding of the material!
Audio Lectures

We provide pre-recorded Audio Lectures to allow for students to self-study, practice, and learn CS.

About Weeklong classes:

Creeper Game created in Javablocks (created by KTBYTE) The creeper graphic scales when you move the mouse and flashes red when it gets too big.

Hidden Sprites made with Javablocks (created by KTBYTE): The orbs are made into lists, and it appears and dissapears based on its' distance from the mouse and the pink 'flashlight'.

Wack-A-Mole Game made with Javablocks (created by KTBYTE): The goal of the game is to hit the mole with the hammer.

Cookie Clicker made with Javablocks (created by KTBYTE): The cookie is a button that creates an increase in numerical value when it is clicked.

Button made with Javablocks (created by KTBYTE): This is a true button, that detects whether a certain area is being clicked.

In-Person Class Options:

4 Militia Dr. #15 Lexington, MA

Summer In-Person Classes
5 full-day lessons
Mon Aug 6 - Fri Aug 10
9:00-3:00pm ET (extended stay to 6pm available)
View Price/Enroll
Summer In-Person Classes
5 full-day lessons
Mon Aug 20 - Fri Aug 24
9:00-3:00pm ET (extended stay to 6pm available)
View Price/Enroll