Mobile App Design

July 8-12, 2019 (Session I) | July 15-19, 2019 (Session II) | 9 am to 3 pm

How much time do you spend playing games on your phone or computer? How much time do you wish you could spend playing games? Learn about designing and building games for mobile phones and tablets (Android and iOS)—and build a game yourself! You’ll spend time studying games—design and play—and learn to program a game of your own. We’ll play some of the most popular games on mobile devices and explore why they are so much fun. Then you’ll turn your focus to designing and building your game using some of the same approaches and techniques.

We’ll use the programming language LiveCode, an amazingly easy language to learn, based on a programming environment Apple created called HyperCard. With LiveCode, you can build games for Mac, Windows, iPhones and iPads, Android devices or on the Web. After the course is over, take your new skills with LiveCode and continue to be a game designer/developer.

* Students may enroll in one or both of the sessions. Two week participants will explore advanced programming techniques and take their games to the next level!


  • $325/session by the “Early Bird” deadline of April 22, 2019
  • $375/session after April 22, 2019

Ages: Students entering 7th-9th grades in the fall of 2019

Lunch is included!

Instructor: Dabney Standley
Dabney Standley’s background includes several years of teaching at independent schools on the East Coast, followed by twenty years working for high technology companies. His work with game companies began at Broderbund software (makers of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and Myst among many others) and concluded at UK-based Caspian Learning. Along the way he led projects, developed corporate strategies and consulted for a number of companies including Apple, McGraw-Hill and SRI International, as well as a couple of UK-based start-up companies. Having taken twenty years to figure out how and when to return to the classroom, Standley is in his seventh year at SHC and is thrilled to be back. He teaches an introduction to programming class, economics, and AP human geography. He is also currently the interim director of SHC’s Inquiry & Innovation Program.

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