Available on Windows operating systems.

This course is closed to further enrollment.

Our new Python Programming course teaches introductory coding for middle and high school students.

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.

Topics Covered

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.

Student Work

All lesson quizzes and chapter tests are auto-graded by our system. Students will complete hands-on coding projects in every chapter, and these projects are teacher or parent-graded using our simple rubrics.

Scroll through the images below to see a few examples of student work.

  • Simple Programs

  • Working with Strings

  • Basic Pong Game

  • Bubble Blaster

  • Ice Cream Toss

  • Chain Reaction Game

 

Prices & Course Details

Subscription Price$15 / month or $120 / year
Nominal Length2 semesters or 1.0 credits or 180 hours
PacingSelf-study & self-paced
Accounts IncludedStudent and Teacher
Grading - Quizzes and TestsAuto-graded by System
Grading - Student ProjectsGraded by Parents

 

Read more about How it Works!

Yearly Subscriptions

A yearly subscription provides you a full calendar year (12 months) access to the course material. The 1-year window does not start until you redeem your purchased registration codes to create your account. So, you can purchase now and get started when ready.

Monthly Subscriptions

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.

Siblings and Families

If you choose a 1-year option, then you can add additional siblings to the same class for $40. If you choose a monthly subscription, then each sibling will require an additional monthly subscription at the same rate.

In either case, purchase just one student initially, and then create your teacher account and add the sibling from your Teacher's Menu within the course.

Click here for detailed instructions on purchasing an additional sibling account!

Refund Guarantee

If, within the first 30 days, you find your selected course is not a good fit for your student for any reason, we will fully refund your purchase price (1-year subscription or first month subscription) and cancel your account with no obligation.

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