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Youth Digital Launches 3D Game Development 1 Course to Teach Kids Unity® the Leading Platform for Creating in 2D, 3D, VR and AR

Youth Digital Launches 3D Game Development 1 Course to Teach Kids Unity® the Leading Platform for Creating in 2D, 3D, VR and AR

Youth Digital, the leading technology education organization for youth ages 8-14, today announced the launch of 3D Game Development 1, an engaging online course that teaches kids how to develop their own video games using the industry leading Unity® game engine.

Youth Digital, the leading technology education organization for youth ages 8-14, today announced the launch of 3D Game Development 1.

This course gives students the freedom to fully realize their game vision using the professional Unity® game engine. Kids will learn to code in C#, and throughout the course they will be taught industry-standard coding and design skills. Students have full control of the story; they can code their own quests, design multiple levels, puzzles, and enemies. At the end of the course, students will have a complete video game to share with friends and family.

Course highlights include the following:

  • Learn Unity® – an industry-standard tool for video game development and the platform for many popular titles like Pokémon Go® and Temple Run®
  • Learn C# – a professional programming language – and career-ready best practices

“Because Unity® is one of the most widely-used professional game engines in the Industry, there is no limit to what our kids can do after taking this course,” said Justin Richards, CEO and Founder of Youth Digital. “A lot of people don’t think kids as young as eight or even ten can learn to use tools like this, but they can learn anything if they’re excited enough about what they’re making. We give them the fundamentals, but our students always take the skills we give them and run with them, so we can’t wait to see what they go on to do with Unity®.”

The 12-month subscription (Approximately $~21/month, paid annually at $249.99) includes more than 30 hours of learning, 1 year of course access, support from online teachers, self-paced and project-based curriculum, interactive quizzes and challenges, final project, and a personalized evaluation of their final project.

To learn more about Youth Digital and its unique approach to technology education, please visit http://www.youthdigital.com.

About Youth Digital
Youth Digital offers a compelling mix of online courses that teach kids the critical technology concepts and skills that they will need to be successful in today’s digital world. With courses designed to be fun, interactive, and rewarding, kids ages 8 to 14 become digital creators through their breakthrough learning platform and cutting-edge curriculum. Students watch video tutorials, respond to questions, earn badges, complete interactive quizzes, and attempt challenging assignments as they step toward mastering key technology skills and professional-level software.

Founded in 2010 and based in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Youth Digital is committed to making technology education accessible to kids globally. Since its inception, the company has reached more than 100,000 students through its popular summer camp programs and expanding portfolio of introductory and advanced online courses. Today, students from more than 100 countries are enrolled in Youth Digital’s online courses in Java programming, game development, mobile app design, 3D printing, 3D animation, and more.

How to Get Girls Into Coding

How to Get Girls Coding

With coding being touted as the new foreign language, it’s clear that girls are falling behind in literacy.  According to Girls Who Code, in middle school, 74 percent of girls express interest in STEM subjects, but when they choose a college major, only 0.4 percent of girls select computer science. In 2015, girls made up less than 22 percent of all students who took the AP Computer Science exam. And only 18 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women.

It’s clear that girls are not receiving the same technology education that their male counterparts are. But why is it so important that girls learn to code? Continue reading “How to Get Girls Into Coding”

5 More Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft

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In case you missed it, this post is a follow-up to our post 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft. Go check it out!

By now, we’re all familiar with Minecraft, the amazingly fun, never-ending sandbox game that has been popular with kids and people of all ages for more than five years. We also know that kids gain substantial benefits from playing video games. So let’s dive a little deeper into the world of Minecraft with five more things that every parent should know about their kid’s favorite game! Continue reading “5 More Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft”

6 Future Careers for Your Young Coder

Future Careers for Your CoderWhether your young student is just getting interested in learning to code or if they’re already a Java genius, a background in computer science is a crucial asset for kids to be successful later in life. After all, today’s youngest generation will grow up to be tomorrow’s innovators and creators.

The recent focus on STEAM education, coupled with the new Computer Science for All initiative proposed by President Obama, ensures that this generation will receive an improved computer science education. But why is digital literacy so important, and how will it benefit them after graduation?

A background in computer science will set your kid up for a plethora of opportunities for their future career. Here are 6 jobs your young coder could choose to pursue! Continue reading “6 Future Careers for Your Young Coder”

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Java

10 Things You Don't Know About Java

We’re not talking about coffee! Java is a computer programming language that was created for general purpose coding. Originally designed for cross-platform compatibility, meaning it can be used for a variety of different devices and programs, Java can run on almost any operating system.

But beyond the basics, Java is an incredibly interesting coding language! Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Java. Continue reading “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Java”

Spotlight on Our Students: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day


Today marks the 15th year of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, or Girl Day, a program sponsored by DiscoverE which aims to introduce more than one million girls and young women to engineering. More than just a day, this is a national movement to show girls how creative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world. Girl Day is one of the key events in Engineers Week, an annual event which lasts from February 21 to 27, 2016. Continue reading “Spotlight on Our Students: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”

3 Technology Education Trends to Watch in 2016

2In today’s digital world, technology is a critical part of a kid’s education. From learning responsible internet use to practicing basic computer skills, technology continues to gain importance both inside and outside the classroom. In fact, President Obama recently emphasized the importance of technology education for students in his final State of the Union address. The President praised the country’s spirit of innovation, and said that, as a nation, we should build on our progress by offering every student in America hands-on computer science classes so that they will be prepared to enter the workforce “job-ready on day one.”

To meet the growing need for quality learning opportunities for technology, the field of technology education emerged, and now aims to provide new and innovative ways for students to learn essential technology fundamentals that prepare them for future success. The rapid pace with which technology is evolving demands that the field of technology education adapt even faster in order to remain relevant and valuable for students. In 2016, we expect to see great advancements in technology education, largely centered around three key themes. Here are three trends to keep an eye on this year. Continue reading “3 Technology Education Trends to Watch in 2016”

5 Tips to Help Your Kid Succeed in an Online Technology Course

Harper KucikOnline technology courses present an unknown challenge to their first-time students, as well as the students’ parents. Besides offering a learning experience that is radically different from a traditional classroom, online courses have their own unique teaching style and requirements. However, parents can help kids can be successful in their online technology courses with a little planning and continued commitment throughout the course.

Here are five helpful tips to help your kids get the most out of an online technology course. Continue reading “5 Tips to Help Your Kid Succeed in an Online Technology Course”

Coolest Creations by YD Kids: November Edition

It’s time for our favorite monthly series, Coolest Creations by YD Kids! Each month we showcase some of the impressive final projects created by Youth Digital students. These projects reflect all the hard work our kids put into their courses, as well as some of the tech skills and software they learned along the way.
To kick it off, check out Zak’s project from one of our most popular courses, Server Design 1!

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Continue reading “Coolest Creations by YD Kids: November Edition”