Dive Into Game Design Through Twine

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be 14–17 years old
  • Students must have a reliable internet connection
  • Students must have a personal computing device that is capable of downloading and running Twine. Please email iperez12@iit.edu for system requirements
  • Students must be willing to learn simple coding skills in order to complete this course 




Session Four: June 24–28

This session will take place from 9 a.m.–noon.


$350; a $100 deposit is due at the time of registration


Program Description

This summer program gives students the opportunity to design and create a game through the Twine coding platform. Students will examine “Choose Your Own Adventure” games, games with themes in social justice, as well as methods and forms of interactive storytelling. Students will refine their writing skills by crafting characters, worlds, as well as the “Hero’s Journey.” This course was built using backwards design from The Common Core Writing Standards (CCSS) as well as the International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) Standards. This course will be taught by Esports Coordinator Isaiah Perez. The course was created by Illinois State Board Educator Rachel Hirsh.

Learning Objectives

  • ISTE Tech Standards
    • Knowledge Constructor
      • 3.a) Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
      • 3.c) Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
      • 3.d) Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
    • Innovative Designer
      • 4.a) Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts, or solving authentic problems.
      • 4.c) Students develop, test, and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
    • Creative Communicator
      • 6.b) Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations. 
    • Global collaborator
      • 7.d) Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
  • CCSS Writing Standards
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Example Activities

  • Narrative design pitches
  • Twine coding workshop
  • “One liner” workshop
  • And more!


Illinois Tech Esports Coordinator Isaiah Perez


Questions about the application process? Email them to precollege@iit.edu.