We're wrapping it up for the school year.

We will meet on May 20th for our final class sessions for this spring to create our own RPGs using the free and open-source RPGBoss.

Adobe Brackets

Build your own web site from scratch and watch it develop in Chrome as you continue to write. Learn more

Microsoft Small Basic

Create animations, games, and more using a simplified, easy-to-learn variant of the Visual Basic programming syntax. Learn more

Microsoft .NET

Develop professional Visual Basic and C# applications using open-source tools. Learn about SharpDevelop


Build your own role-playing games using a cross-platform development environment, no coding experience necessary. Learn more


Learn about alternative, free, and open-source operating systems and software platforms that compete with Windows and macOS. Learn about Ubuntu

We're at LLCC

We meet every 1st and 3rd Saturday monthly during the school year from 9am to 11am in Logan Hall. Learn more


February 2017

About Us

Who are we? Formerly the Computer Explorers Post 725, CompCADEMY is a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing computer science-related subject material not typically covered in a traditional high school classroom. This class is devoted to the use of computers and now, by popular demand of our students, also focused on the design and development of video games and computer programs.

What do we do? Using open source software and selected freeware, we explore the worlds of video game design, web design, computer programming, and audio and video editing. Students with a penchant for playing games, drawing, composing music, and storytelling are encouraged to join us in developing their own games and software. In recent years we have placed greater emphasis on web design using HTML5 and CSS through the use of the free, open source, and cross-platform Brackets source editor. Other fields of interest in this curriculum include Small Basic mini-language and, even more recently, languages of the Microsoft .NET family, such as Visual Basic and C#. We also hold lively discussions of our favorite video games, yielding better ideas and examples upon which we can create in our own projects. The Software We've Used page provides a list of topics frequently discussed in this course throughout the school year.

When and where do we meet? We meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays monthly throughout the school year, excluding national holiday weekends. We hold our meetings between 9am-11am at the Lincoln Land Community College campus in Springfield. For directions to campus from your location, click here.

Course Calendar

To see notes for a listed class session, simply click on its name below.

  • 04 February 2017: Intro to CuteMarkEd and Small Basic
  • 18 February 2017: Programming with Small Basic
  • 04 March 2017: Programming with Visual C# (cancelled)
  • 18 March 2017: Programming with Visual C# (WinForms)
  • 01 April 2017: Intro to HTML5, CSS3, and Brackets
  • 15 April 2017 Intro to JavaScript
  • 06 May 2017 RPGBoss

Tentative meeting dates are highlighted in bold italics.