Today I accompanied a group of students outside the classroom. We all attended the preparatory session for the local schools gaming competition. This outreach programme sees secondary schools linking with their feeder schools and a games developer. The developer is sponsoring the prizes but more importantly raising the awareness of the jobs available in the industry. From motion sensing, design or animation to coders.
The company Creative Assembly responsible for developing strategy games such as Warhammrr and Halo may not be appropriate for the age of children but future technologies will require an appropriately skilled work force…
First task was to build a game using scratch – the students were able to transfer their skills easily from iPad to PC
Transfer the skills to a different controller using the makey makey.
Back at school the pupil representatives will be leading a smaller group putting their skills into practice, then we can all start making our entry.