Teaching video game design, digital art and storytelling to youth, teens and adults.
Through the umbrella of video game design participants learn not only to code but to think creatively and problem solve. This format that includes code, art, and storytelling offers something for each participant to excel in. The work you see here typically comes from an 8-week course or our summer intensive working, 16 hours over the course of 4 days.
CodeSTEAM is a collaboration between the Lodi Public Library and Ninja Pandas and is made possible from community donations and grants.
Teen Scene FAQ's
Do I need to know how to type to take Teen Scene Classes?
Yes, you will absolutely need to know how to type to keep up in the teen scene classes. Practice is all it takes. There are a number of typing games and resources out there so start today!
Why do I have to take the Pi Lab before taking other teen scene courses?
The Teen Scene tech classes are our advanced youth classes and are designed to be challenging In fact, these classes move fast and we ask that all students get our Pi Lab certification by successfully taking and mastering the Pi Lab basics before they enroll in other Teen Scene classes.
Teen Scene classes are for youth 13-18. Can my 12 year old enroll?
While the age range of the Teen Scene starts at 12, these classes are designed for students 13-18 who already know how to type. In fact, these classes move fast and we ask that all students get our Pi Lab certification by successfully taking and mastering the Pi Lab basics before they enroll in other Teen Scene classes.
Most 12 year olds aren't quite ready for the teen scene tech classes but can prepare for them by taking our middle school video game design classes, getting their typing and mouse skills up to speed or even join our Homework Help program for access to computers.
We also understand that all students are different and some 12 year olds may be ready for these classes. If your student has already taken our middle school game design classes they may be ready to join the teen scene tech classes. During registration for the Pi Lab class, tell us why you think your student is ready and the instructor will get back to you.
These classes sound fun, can I drop in as a parent?
We are happy that parents want to be involved, but our classroom is a space for teens to learn together. We ask that you wait to speak to your student outside the teen scene at the end of class. If there is an emergency, please knock on the door and speak to the instructor. This rule is designed to keep all our students safe (and focused) by having only teens and our background checked instructors inside during class times.
There will be times (usually at the end of the last class) that students will want to show off their work. We will let you know when these open adult times are so you can come and see what they have learned.
More Classes Coming Soon
We have a variety of classes that will come available in the upcoming months. Stay Tuned for Video Game Design for 5-8th Graders, Roblox for 5th-8th graders and maybe even advanced game design tutoring in our Homework Help program.
Want to know when new classes come available?
Student Work 2018
These games are designed by our middle school game design class over the course of 8 weeks.
Once you select a game to play, use the arrow keys to navigate your character.