8th Annual Games in Education Symposium
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Wednesday, August 6 • 1:15pm - 3:00pm
Game Jams: A Model for Using Game Design for Learning LIMITED

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The New York City Hive, a collection of different education organizations from New York City, has been running a series of Game Jams, or one-day events where middle and high school students learn how to make games. The format is meant to provide deep engagement in game design in a short period of time, engaging students in systems thinking, problem solving, design processes, persistence, and in some cases computer programming. A game jam can be run in a variety of settings including libraries, museums, or other after-school settings, or even as extended in-class units.

The game jam is made to be a flexible model and has been run with a variety of game design tools and activities, from level-editors to text-based coding tools, from digital to physical activities, from designing original games from scratch to designing game controllers. Tools used in the game jams are primarily free and open-source, and all activities developed using those tools are being made available via a free Game Jam Guide produced by the NY Hive. The only thing you need to run a game jam is space, time, technology, and a few excited and motivated facilitators.

As the lead organization behind this initiative, Iridescent will present the Game Jam model, describing the format, objectives and impact of this initiative. Then, the participants will have the opportunity to engage in a miniature Game Jam experience. Finally, participants will reflect and share feedback on the experience, and with interest make connections and plans to run a game jam event in the Troy area.


Kevin Miklasz

Director of Digital Learning, Iridescent
The science research interests of Kevin Miklasz are using physics and engineering to understand why organisms look the way they do. His PhD dissertation is on how size and shape effect the physics of small algae. He currently works for Iridescent as Director of Digital Learning... Read More →

Wednesday August 6, 2014 1:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 224

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