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2021 Los Angeles Summer Programs (Late Summer)

Join Board Gaming with Education this summer in one of our week-long summer programs. Give your kids a chance to step away from their screens, socialize, and learn important 21st-century skills!

How to enroll?

What are the programs?

We will host four separate programs for one week each from July 12th to August 6th. The programs will be from 9 am to 12 pm and cover various topics related to tabletop games for learning. Each week will have a different focus and be geared toward different age groups ranging from six-years-old to high school.


Board Game Design Class! (July 12 – July 16)Secure your spot now!

This program is geared toward ages 12 and up. In this class, students will learn what makes a game a game, learn about different game mechanics, and develop their own game! Since we will be employing basic design principles like the iterative process, feedback, and design constraints, this is an excellent class for students interested in any type of game design, including video games.

Junior Pokemon Training Club! (July 19 – July 23)Secure your spot now!

This program is geared toward ages 6 to 8 years old. In this class, students will learn about different Pokemon, create their own Pokemon, and learn how to play the basics of the Pokemon game by practicing reading and applying addition and subtraction. Some multiplication will be required to play the game, but there will be help with this. This is an excellent class for new Pokemon players excited about Pokemon (students will get the most out of this class if they have little to no experience with the collectible card game).

21st Century Skills and Tabletop Games Galore! (July 26 – July 30)Secure your spot now!

This program is geared toward ages 9 to 12. In this class, students will explore several different tabletop games that focus on different skills including problem-solving, planning ahead, spatial and logical reasoning, collaboration, communication, and many other 21st century skills! We will learn some introductory level games and work our way toward more advanced tabletop games. This is an excellent class for students looking for an engaging way to learn, socialize with peers, and have fun!

Storytelling and Roleplaying Games! (Aug 2 – Aug 6)Secure your spot now!

This program is geared toward ages 12 to 14. In this class, students will play and run their own storytelling or roleplaying games. Students will practice different skills such as perspective-taking, creative problem-solving skills, communication, collaboration, and planning. This is an excellent class for students who are new to tabletop roleplaying games or would like to hone their game master skills!


What do students get from attending?

Games are excellent tools to help engage students in meaningful and intrinsically rewarding ways. Therefore, students will leave the program having learned or practiced specific skills through play and engaging games. Students will also create tangible materials, including work on a major project. They will also receive welcome and parting packages! The items they receive are related to the class they enroll in. Packages may includes games, cards, or other items related to the class.

Pokemon Training Club Learning Objectives

  • Students will employ creative skills learned through discovering the world of Pokemon by creating their own Pokemon and Pokemon card.
  • Students will learn the basics of the Pokemon card game and practice skills such as understanding and following rules, taking turns, communicating with peers, planning ahead, and problem-solving.
  • Students will be able to practice reading, writing, and math skills.

Board Game Design Class Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn what makes a game a game and come up with their own definitions and parameters for their own understanding of a game.
  • Students will learn about different tabletop game mechanics and explore examples in different games.
  • Students will develop and design their own tabletop game by employing the skills they learned.

Tabletop Games Galore Learning Objectives

  • Students will practice different soft skills such as problem-solving, planning ahead, spatial and logical reasoning, collaboration, and communication.
  • Students will learn basic to intermediate level tabletop games and explore their potential to practice different skills.
  • Students will create a game log to understand and internalize concepts practiced through play.

Storytelling and Roleplaying Learning Objectives:

  • Students will practice different skills such as perspective-taking, creative problem-solving skills, communication, collaboration, and planning.
  • Students will understand the basics of tabletop roleplaying games.
  • Students will have the option to practice their own game master skills by designing and running their own tabletop roleplaying game.

Other Information

How many students will be in the class?

Class sizes will consist of no more than 7 students. Each class may have 1 visiting student and 6 regularly enrolled students. When 6 students have enrolled in the class.

If there is enough demand for a particular week, we may open up another cohort of students. Since we want to ensure the best teachers for these classes, we may not be able to secure the perfect teacher for the classes, so THIS IS NOT GUARANTEED!

DISCLAIMER: In order for us to be able to operate the week-long program, we need at least two students to enroll in the program for the week. If we do not have at least two students enrolled in a particular class, we will not offer that class.

Where will the programs be held?

We are still determining this and will know more in the coming weeks. The location will not be further than a 5-7 mile radius from the zip code 91307, West Hills, CA.

COVID Protocols

Dustin is an experienced educator and has worked in person at a local school this summer. We will be employing the same protocols that are required in schools. We will be following all county and city level COVID protocols including requiring masks and social distancing during mid-morning snack time. As we approach the start of classes, we will have a detailed outline of what to expect for COVID protocols during programming. In the meantime, you can check for updates at the LA County Public Health Website.

Who are we?

Meet the Teacher

Dustin (view Dustin’s LinkedIn), who will be leading the programs is an experienced educator. He is worked in various capacities for over ten years and is an expert in the field of game-based learning and gamification. Dustin shares a passion for gaming and teaching. He started Board Gaming with Education because he believes in the power of play-based learning. Dustin will hold a few meet and greets virtually before the classes begin, and is available to meet in-person or virtually if you would like to schedule a time to chat.

Dustin graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln with majoring in English and minoring in Education. He also received his Masters Degree from Concordia University- Irvine. He also holds a 30-Day Emergency Teaching License with the Los Angeles School District. He currently works full-time and Board Gaming with Education and teaches at a local high school part-time as a part of their enrichment programming. If you would like to learn more about his experience or have questions about his background in teaching, feel free to send him a message: staats.dustin@gmail.com

Grace

On certain days, Grace will be assisting with the camp in the afternoons during pick-up. She is also an experienced educator who has worked as a camp director and teacher.

Learn about Board Gaming with Education

The short version– we believe games and more specifically tabletop games are teaching and learning tools that can be leveraged to create a more engaging, positive, and fulfilling learning experience. You can read more about who we are and our journey here.

Meet Dustin before the class?

Dustin will hold a few meet and greets virtually before the classes begin, and is available to meet in-person or virtually if you would like to schedule a time to chat.

Stay tuned for the schedule! Sign-up here to receive updates leading up the the program.

Interested in Reserving Your Spot Today? Or want to learn more?


FAQ

Payment and Refunds

Your security deposit reserves your spot. You can request a refund for a $25 fee. You will be charged in full one week before the first class starts. If you would like to request a refund after you have paid in full this time, you may request a refund up until three days before the class starts for a $50 fee. After the first day of class begins, all classes will be charged at a prorated rate of $75/day.

Can I only pay for one day?

Yes, if you are interested in trying out one of the classes for one day, you can. However, these spaces are VERY limited. We will only allow one extra student as a visiting guest per day. You will need to purchase a day pass in advance and reserve your day. If there is space available the day of, it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Register for one-day here.

What about phones?

We ask that students use their best judgement when bringing their phones to camp. They will not be required for camp, however, some older students may find them helpful for research for the Board Game Design and Storytelling and Roleplaying Classes.

What should my student bring?

We will supply all the materials needed for the classes. However, your child should bring a mid-morning snack for the break. Please note, we will be unable to heat up or refrigerate any food. You will also be required to let us know if your child has any allergies or other medical needs.

As a parent can I stay during the programming?

This will likely be possible. We will be working with space that allows for this, however, there will likely be a separate area for parents to wait for the classes to finish.

Will you offer virtual programming?

If we are unable to hold the classes in-person, you will be given a choice to receive a full refund. Or you can stay enrolled in and attend the classes.the class with a 30% refund.

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