Tiffany Barnes at NC State teaches GameMaker for 1 week in her BJC course.

GameMaker is available at

Use the "First Game" Tutorial. It takes about 45 minutes to do.

Then you can invite students to do the Maze Tutorial. Once we make these games, we discuss the similarities and differences between Snap and GameMaker:
  • Sprites in Snap are like Objects in GameMaker
  • Sprites in Gamemaker are simply images
  • GameMaker does a better job with object-oriented programming and managing many objects on the screen at once

Students at UNC Charlotte suggested to save new apps/tools til after doing most of Snap, and I made that change, it helps a lot.

Liz Smith has resources for teaching games.