Beyond IQ

The Character Creation Lab

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Instructor: John McDonald
5-10 students
Suggested Age Ranges: 7-10 years old
Meets: Tuesdays at 10:00 am - 11:00 am Pacific time


What if you could create a world like Pokemon or Neko Atsume? What if you lived in a place and you were in charge of finding animals for the zoo? What would you do if you had the ability to change the colors of a zebra’s stripes?

The Character Creation Lab is all about your love of animals, real or fictional. We’ll spend the term talking about the world these animals of yours inhabit (created by you) and you’ll give them a place to bring to life. Whether you’re all about leveling up and battling, showing off animals of a different color or wearing fashionable clothes, or if you’re just fascinated by the animals of the world - this class is for you.


Class 1: Introductions, A Short Brief on Archetypes, Visual vs. Written Characters

Class 2: Animals Here on Earth and Why They Matter To You

Class 3: Setting the Scene - Collection, Battling, Fashion, or Friendship

Class 4: Growth and Evolution (and not just your character!)

Class 5: Are Robots and Cyborgs Pets?

Class 6: Character Archetype 1 - Control. Case Study: Mewtwo

Class 7: Character Archetype 2 - Belonging and Enjoyment

Class 8: Character Archetype 3 - Risk. Case Study: Dragons

Class 9: Character Archetype 4 - Independence. Case Study: Ratatouille

** Spring Break- April 1st to April 5th **

Class 10: How Do You Care For Your Animals? (Coins, Crests, Hearts, ?)

Class 11: Quick Character Creation Prompts

Class 12: Presentation of Your Creations- Visual and Written (Part 1)

Class 13: Presentations Part 2, Questions from the Audience

Class 14: World Building, Science, and Pokemon (for instance) 

Class 15: Updated Presentations and Changes based on feedback

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