It’s a race to the release party as these small indie game studios pitch, design and build an issue-focused video game in just 5 days!

Beta Masters follows a real-world production process for planning and developing innovative game prototypes just like the pros. With a passion for social entrepreneurship, students develop video game concepts with a Global Goals focus and take them from ideation to completion in 5 days. They will push their computational learning to the next level, creating original graphics with Piskel and bringing them to life using the powerful, cloud-based game engine, Construct 3, all with one goal in mind: securing seed investments from friends and family at Friday’s beta release party!

What you will learn at Beta Masters:

  • The core concepts of computer programming and video game design
  • How to build a technical game design document
  • Strategies for critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Best practices for public speaking—ability to pitch and present work
  • Exploration of the U.N. Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Beta Masters 2021 Program Schedule

middlebury, vt

July 5-9, 2021

Hannaford Career Center

9AM-4PM

$95

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virtual camp SESSION

July 5-9, 2021

On Zoom!

10AM-2PM EST

$125

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EAST MONTPELIER, vt

July 12-16, 2021

East Montpelier Elementary

9AM-4PM

$95

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NEWPORT, vt

July 12-16, 2021

North Country Career Center

9AM-4PM

$95

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ST. ALBANS, vt

July 12-16, 2021

St. Albans Town Educational Center

8:30AM-3:15PM

*FREE to

SATEC Students

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BARRE, vt

July 19-23, 2021

Barre Town Middle & Elem. School

8AM-3PM

$20

*AVAILABLE TO BARRE CITY &

TOWN STUDENTS ONLY.

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Winooski, vt

July 19-23, 2021

Winooski School Library

9AM-4PM

$95

*FREE to Burlington &

Winooski M.S. Students

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BURLINGTON, vt

July 26-30, 2021

Lyman C. Hunt Middle School

9AM-3:30PM

$0

*AVAILABLE TO BURLINGTON &

WINOOSKI STUDENTS ONLY.

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FAIR HAVEN, VT

July 26-30, 2021

Fair Haven Union High School

9AM-4PM

$0

*AVAILABLE TO SLATE VALLEY

UNIFIED STUDENTS ONLY.

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VIRTUAL CAMP SESSION

July 26-30, 2021

On Zoom!

10AM-2PM EST

$125

REGISTER

Virtual Camp Requirements:

  • Chromebook, Mac or Windows PC
  • WebCam
  • Stable internet connection with access to Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Headphones or headset with microphone (optional, recommended)

Beta Masters 2020 Virtual Camp Daily Schedule

Day 1: “Press Start to Begin”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:20am Welcome & Morning Trivia
Get the juices flowing with a fun trivia contest.
9:20-9:40am Intro to Construct 3
9:40-10:05am Experimenting with Construct 3
10:05-10:20am Intro to Piskel
10:20-10:40am Experimenting with Piskel
10:40-11:00am Finishing Touches
11:00-11:05am How to Publish a Game
11:05-11:20am Publishing & Posting Projects
11:20-11:50am Lunch Break
Unplug, grab a healthy bite, and go outside for some fresh air!
11:50am-12:00pm Intro to Global Goals
12:00-12:15pm Exploring & Selecting Global Goals Topics
12:15-12:35pm Fundamentals of Game Design
12:35-12:50pm Developing Initial Game Concepts
Build a plan for a Global Goals video game to entertain your family and friends.
12:50-1:20pm Pitching Concepts & Receiving Feedback
1:20-1:30pm Debrief & Posting Game Concepts for Feedback

Day 2: “Planning for Success”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:15am Morning Trivia
9:15-9:25am Intro to Game Design Documents
Learn the importance of pre-production and how to develop a detailed game design document to ensure efficiency and success.
9:25-9:50am Pre-Production – Concept Planning
9:50-10:20am Sharing Concepts & Receiving Feedback
10:20-10:35am Plan Refinement & Daily Goal Setting
10:35-10:50am Building Skills in Development & Design
10:50-11:30am Self-Directed Game Development
11:30am-12:00pm Lunch Break
12:00-12:20pm Building Skills in Development & Design
12:20-12:50pm Self-Directed Game Development
12:50-1:20pm Sharing Progress & Receiving Feedback
1:20-1:30pm Debrief, Posting Progress, Challenges & Tomorrow’s Daily Goals for Feedback


Day 3: “Eyes on the Prize”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:15am Morning Trivia
9:15-9:20am Reviewing/Refining Daily Goals
9:20-9:40am Building Skills in Development & Design
Learn to create interaction through object collisions.
9:40-10:40am Self-Directed Game Development
10:40-11:10am Help with Obstacles & Challenges
11:10-11:40am Lunch Break
11:40am-12:00pm Building Skills in Development & Design
Harness the power of variables to create scores, timers, and much more.
12:00-12:50pm Self-Directed Game Development
12:50-1:20pm Sharing Progress & Receiving Feedback
1:20-1:30pm Debrief, Posting Progress, Challenges & Tomorrow’s Daily Goals for Feedback



Day 4: “Nearing the Finish Line”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:15am Morning Trivia
9:15-9:20am Reviewing/Refining Daily Goals
9:20-9:40am Building Skills in Development & Design
Create custom tilesets to build unique levels for your game.
9:40-10:40am Self-Directed Game Development
10:40-11:10am Help with Obstacles & Challenges
11:10-11:40am Lunch Break
11:40am-12:00pm Building Skills in Development & Design
Make your game more challenging by randomizing enemies and objects during gameplay.
12:00-12:50pm Self-Directed Game Development
12:50-1:20pm Sharing Progress & Receiving Feedback
1:20-1:30pm Debrief & Posting Game Concepts for Feedback


Day 5: “The Arcade is Open”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:15am Morning Trivia
9:15-9:20am Reviewing/Refining Daily Goals with focus on Minimum Viable Product
9:20-9:40am Building Skills in Development & Design
9:40-10:40am Self-Directed Game Development
10:40-11:10am Discussing Obstacles & Challenges
11:10-11:40am Lunch Break
11:40am-12:30pm Self-Directed Game Development
12:30-12:40pm Publishing & Posting Projects
12:40-12:50pm Preparing for Presentations
12:50-1:20pm Presenting Prototypes in Small Groups
1:20-1:30pm Farewell Continue to explore video game development and find ways to be an advocate for the Global Goals!

“Beta Masters is a great program that covers all aspects of STEM! My students had a great time creating their own video games!”

~ Kristin K., Liberty Junior High, Richardson, TX

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