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June 6, 2012 9:56 AM Subscribe
-computer based activities can I use to teach video game development to 10-12 year olds?
posted by atlantica to Education (21 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm putting together a summer camp for 4-6 graders on Video Game Development. (Thanks to the answers to this question
I'm looking at using Game Maker with them). In the past I have used Scratch and XNA Game Studio but only for 1 hour at a time (a weekly class). This camp will have 3 hours of 'class time' a day for 5 days. That's a lot of time spent looking at a computer screen! I would love to get them thinking about the concepts we'll be learning about in other ways, especially ones that involve movement and creativity.
I'm looking for suggestions from either your own experience or pointers to any good resources, for games/labs/activities/crafts/anything goes that will help get across the concepts of Video Game design (e.g. What is a game? Genres of game, strategy, rewards......) without using a computer.
I'm also interested in anything that might get them thinking about some of the 'controversies' in Video Game development (e.g. violence in games, gender representation) - I would love to arm them with evidence to be able to talk about it from both sides - although I realize this might get difficult for the age group(?). Thank you.