Interactive Game Design Workshops
E V E R Y S T U D E N T G E T S T O P A R T I C I P A T E !
“A game is an opportunity to focus our energy, with relentless optimism, at something we’re good at (or getting better at) and enjoy.” ― Jane McGonigal, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
Designing and creating games is challenging and fun for all ages! Students will refine Math, Language & Visual Art, and Technology skills while exercising their imagination and creativity. [VIEW BROCHURE]
Micro workshops are approximately 50 minutes in length. Students get to collaborate, working in teams of 4-6. Each team will design a game with original game features designed by the students. Scroll down to see our macro (lengthier, more in depth) workshops!
Grade Primary/Kindergarten: It’s a New Ball Game!
Students will discover how a simple game of “Catch!” can be recreated on a computer screen! Every student on the team will get to design a unique ball for the game!
Grades 1-2 Fun and Games!
Each student team will get to design an original Pacman style game.
Grades 3-4 An aMazing Maze!
Each team will design the the various game characters and props to create some aMazing Maze games!
Grades 5-6 Level Up!
Each team will work on a Platform style game designing the various game elements. They will also program how high the Player can jump and how fast the monsters can move!
Grades 7-12 Games 4 Change!
Each team will get to design a game that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as bullying, racism, climate change or over fishing.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”– Albert Einstein
Macro workshops range in duration from a full day to a full week. These workshops are cross curricular and can be custom designed to fit specific class objectives or themes.
They are suitable for students in Grades 5 through 12. Sample workshop projects include:
Recycling and Other Sorting Games
Students create a game that can be played by peers and younger children to learn about Recycling and other topics. This gives the students an opportunity to see their games in use!
The object of a sorting game is to pick up or catch falling objects and place them in the appropriate container. Paper products, cans and compost can be separated into different bins. There are many variations of this type of game. Sorting shapes, colors, vowels and consonants, or animals are all possibilities.
Games can be designed for different age levels and aligned with different school subjects. For example, a game in which the object is to sort numbers can be as basic as differentiating between odd and even numbers or as complex as differentiating between prime and composite numbers.
In a conflict game there are allies, obstacles and antagonists. These types of games can illustrate a range of topics: bullying, conflicting emotions, real-world social or historical conflicts. They can also present conflicts in an allegorical fashion. For example, a game of Bacterial Wars can demonstrate how our bodies fight off invasive bacteria.
As with sorting games, they can be designed for different age levels and aligned with different school subjects. Finished games can be used in other classes as a teaching tool.
Puzzle and Maze Games
In a puzzle or maze style game the object is to solve the puzzle or find the way through the maze. Many variations exist. Maze games can be designed to orient new students to school building and grounds.
Games for Change
Games for change is growing global initiative to create and design games that are relevant to us and inspire us to make our world a better place. These types of games challenge the player to solve real-world problems in a simulated or allegorical environment.
Designing and playing these types of games helps us to look at ourselves and our community in new ways and empower us to make a difference!
“I liked the fact that we were allowed to make suggestions and that there was no limit for our creativity.” – Ana, Grade 7, Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Pickering, Ontario