Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Gamers & Coders Programs

Gamers & Coders Programs

For GRADES 3-8 | Located in the PNC Innovation Zone's Purposeful Gaming Studio

Programs are $8 per member and $12 per non-member.  Only children need a ticket to attend.

Digital Citizenship - March 15  | 9:30 -11 am

Learn about keeping your data safe online and who you can trust it with using Minecraft for Education's Privacy Prodigy Lesson.  Also, learn about your responsibilities for copyright, media literacy, and cyber bullying using Minecraft for Education's Digital Citizenship lesson.

 Block Coding with Minecraft - March 22 | 9:30 - 11 am

Using Minecraft for Education, students will complete two Hour of Code lessons: Estate Escape and Timecraft.  Use code and computational thinking to solve puzzles to escape Dr. Breakowski's mansion in Estate Escape!  Travel through time and space and explore the concept of building a better future through code in Timecraft

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Minecraft / Microsoft AI for Earth - March 29 | 9:30 - 11 am

 Using Minecraft for Education, innovators will investigate Artificial Intelligence or AI in a range of exciting real-world scenarios.  We will work to help people in remote areas, preserve wildlife and ecosystems and research climate change.  The process of science, collecting data, AI deployment and analyzing results will be presented in a series of fun lessons centered around Mapping Terrain and Ocean Observations.

Create Your Own Alien with Spore - April 5 | 9:30 - 11 am

April 5th in the SciFi franchise Star Trek is First Contact Day in honor of humanity's first contact with an alien species on April 5th 2063.  Be the architect of your own universe with Spore, an exciting single-player adventure. From Single Cell to Galactic Emperor, evolve your creature in a universe of your own creations.

Building and Launching Virtual Rockets with Kerbal Space Program -  April 12 | 9:30 - 11 am

Today is the 62th anniversary of the first human orbital spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin! We will be celebrating this milestone by using the rocket building and launching program Kerbal Space Program to learn about the basics of rocketry and physics.

Earth Day Investigation with Minecraft for Education -  April 19 | 9:30 - 11 am

Saturday, April 22nd is the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day when people came to Washington, DC to celebrate and educate about our home, Planet Earth.  Using Minecraft for Education, coders will explore: A Case for Diversity where they will  build either terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems and see how adding and removing species of organisms affect the whole system.

Create your Own Solar System with Universe Sandbox -  April 26 | 9:30 - 11 am

April 29th is Astronomy Day.  Attendees will explore the astronomy sandbox program Universe Sandbox where they can make their Solar System, learn more about our own solar system and how objects, such as our Moon or the Asteroid belt came into existence.  The Universe is yours!


Pre-registration is suggested, but not required.  Space is limited; walk-ups will be permitted the day of the program until all program seats are filled.

Other Details:

All participants must enter the Center at our Market Street entrance.

The rest of the science center will NOT be available for exploration after the conculsion of the program on Wednesdays. 


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