The Game Programming with Visual Basic course provides students with an easy introduction to programming and video game design topics using the Visual Basic language.
The first semester teaches students to write graphical programs using the Visual Basic programming language.
- Introduction to Visual Basic
- Working with numeric and text data
- Logical expressions and decision-making
- Creating a Graphical User Interfaces (GUI)
- Responding to user input
- Finding and fixing problems
- Arrays and loops
- Writing functions
The second semester builds on the student's Visual Basic skills to write video games.
- Drawing shapes
- Handling keyboard and mouse input
- Using sprites
- Displaying and animating images
- Detecting collisions
- Music and sound effects
- Simple game physics
- Artificial intelligence
Click on the Course Syllabus tab to see a complete list of topics.
Students will complete hands-on coding projects in every chapter. Scroll through the images below to see a few examples of student work.
This is a two-semester course, with enough material for approximately 36 weeks of school when progressing with typical, daily work. The following prices apply for this two-semester course.
|Monthly Option||1-Year Option|
|Self-Study||$15 / month||$120 / year|
If you choose a 1-year option, then you can add additional siblings to the same class for $40. Additional siblings can be added by the teacher from within the course after your initial login.
If you choose a monthly subscription, then additional siblings can be added under the same teacher at the same monthly subscription rates.
Monthly or 1-Year Subscription
You can choose an affordable monthly subscription or purchase a 1-year subscription. Students will progress through courses at their own pace, normally finishing this course in two full semesters. But some students may complete the material more quickly or slowly.
Monthly subscriptions are auto-billed to your credit card each month. You can maintain the subscription for as long as your student needs to complete the course and cancel the subscription at any time; there is no long-term commitment.
1-year subscriptions let you pay one discounted price up-front for a full calendar year of access. After the first year, if you need more, you can convert your account to a monthly subscription.
Self Study - How It Works
Our self-study curriculum allows families to work through the material on their own, backed by our technical support. In a self-study course:
- Students move at their own self-study pace
- Our experts provide free technical support, answer student questions and help correct coding problems
- All quizzes and tests are automatically graded by the system
- Parents will monitor student progress (if desired)
- Parents will assign grades to hands-on projects (if desired)
- Parents will self-certify completion of the course (if needed)
Your self-study course includes a student account to access our online material and a teacher account that lets parents review fully coded activity solutions, access teacher's lesson guides and assign hands-on project grades.
The Game Programming with Visual Basic course is written to be an easy introduction to programming and video game design for students as young as middle school. Most states begin defining computer science standards at the high-school level. Therefore, this course is not specifically aligned to any specific state standards.
This course requires a computer with the Windows operating system.
Our course material and interactive online system can be accessed from any HTML5-compliant web browser on standard computers, laptops, or tablets with an Internet connection.
In order to complete hands-on projects, students will use a computer with one of the following operating systems:
- Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10