Our Beginner and Beginner+ classes feature an introduction to Microsoft Visual Studio and specifically programming in Visual Basic. These are perfectly suited for students comfortable with the computer and new at programming or for our introductory graduates. These programs are made from scratch by the students and the students are only provided the images and sounds created for RP4K (though all students are also encouraged to create their own resources to use in the program if they wish).
Serpent Temple (Visual Basic Beginner) features a treasure hunter named Drake looking for the ultimate lost treasure. Drake has to avoid snakes, traps, boulders and various other hazards while riding alligators to get the ultimate gold.
Pizza Bandit (Visual Basic Beginner+) features a raccoon named Reggie who is trying to get all of the pizza spread around Pizzaville before animal control gets a hold of him with their robotic cages.
In these courses, students learn and apply IF statements, variables, arrays, parameters, objects, functions, subroutines and for loops to solve challenging programming puzzles like animation, chasing and collision detection. In addition, students also learn fundamental math concepts such as coordinates (x and y value), inversion, inequalities and absolute value