Otronicon & Game-Making
This past weekend, January 17th to the 20th, the Orlando Science Center hosted Otronicon – a celebration of interactive technology using video games to demonstrate the future of how we live, learn, work and play. Ampersand is super sad that we were off of school and missed going as a school field trip (we will be making sure our school calendar accounts for this in the future). We did see lots of students and faculty there over the course of the weekend.
We’re particularly sad we missed going as a school this year because today begins our new quarter – the theme is “I made that.” Each 1-2 week period our students will be focusing on making something . . . something that moves, something they can wear, something that saves the world.
This week, our first week – something I can play. Think sports. Think board games. Think video games. Yep. For a week, school= playing games. For a week, school= making games.
Here’s the Ted Talk we used to kick off the week.
We think playing games is important. We think making games is even more important. Games build community, confidence, grit. Games require understanding systems, building narratives, designing for engagement. Building games requires empathy, prototyping, testing.
For the next 4 days, our students will be playing, analyzing, and creating games. We will host a game night in the next few weeks so you can come out and play our student’s games with us. We hope to see you there!