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GameMaker Introduces Free Space Rocks Tutorial for Schools and Educators


Dundee, Scotland — GameMaker, the fast and friendly cross-platform game development engine, has introduced Space Rocks – a comprehensive new game design tutorial and lesson program for teachers and educators. 

“Space Rocks makes it easier than ever for schools and educators to introduce game design lessons to help boost student engagement and support STEM learning,” said Frank Moody, education liaison lead at GameMaker, adding: “Not only are the CSTA standards-based lesson plans and materials absolutely free to use, but so is the latest version of GameMaker for Educators. Game on!”

Space Rocks has been developed in line with CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) standards, providing the perfect introduction to computational thinking concepts and game design principles. The tutorial provides all the written and video-based learning materials required to help students learn how to use GameMaker and create their own asteroid shooter game, in just three lessons. 

The lesson plans can also be arranged and tailored to cater for multiple learning ages, styles and abilities. Educators can also choose whether students learn using GameMaker’s intuitive visual programming method, GML Video, or the more traditional text-based language, GML Code. 

GameMaker for Educators is absolutely free for schools to use, regardless of class sizes. The free version allows students to share their games online via the GX.games platform. However, should schools require students to be able to share their games to mobile, console and PC platforms, then they will need to purchase a site license. 

GameMaker is a fast and friendly cross-platform game engine. With GameMaker it’s easy for students to learn the fundamentals of coding through its intuitive and powerful visual code system GML Visual. Originally designed as a platform for teaching children how to design games, GameMaker has been downloaded by millions of students and indie games creators and has been used to create hugely popular games, such as Undertale, Hyper Light Drifter and Chicory: A Colorful Tale. 

To start teaching game design to your students, visit gamemaker.io/en/education.

About GameMaker 

GameMaker is the fastest and friendliest cross-platform game engine.

GameMaker allows artists and creators to make games within a single code base and publish natively across multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, HTML5, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Windows Desktop, macOS, and Ubuntu.

GameMaker has been downloaded more than 12 million times. The team behind it is based in Dundee, Scotland. GameMaker was acquired by Opera in January 2021.

About Opera

Opera is a web innovator building on more than 25 years of innovation that started with the Opera web browser. While Opera is leveraging its brand and engaged user base in order to grow and develop new products and services for people who seek a better internet experience, Opera’s PC and mobile web browsers, content discovery platform Opera News, and apps dedicated to gaming, Web3 and e-commerce are already the trusted choices of hundreds of millions of active and engaged users. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the OPRA ticker symbol. 

Download and access Opera’s products and services from www.opera.com.

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