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Video Games Developer Club

Become a Games Developer through a virtual competition.

Video Games Developer Club

A chance for 20 of your year 7 to 9 students to become Games Developers with Playground Games. 

Over 10 sessions, students will learn how to code using block-based programming interface (Scratch) and apply this knowledge to make 3 minigames following the games development process used by triple-A developer Playground Games. Each minigame is based on a different theme.

At the end of the sessions, students present their work to an expert panel of games developers from Playground Games and Education Officers from the Smallpeice Trust, Each participating student will receive Playground Games Goody Bag and Teachers receive full support and resources required to successfully complete this project with students.

The process the students follow is the exact same process that real-world games developers make. They will receive guidance from the game's developers themselves and get an insight into the real-world inner workings of Playground Games.

In addition, the students will home their skills in areas such as:

  • Design
  • Testing
  • Coding
  • Sound Engineering
  • Computing and Technology
  • Team working

Capacity

Maximum of 20 participants.

Dates and Location

The virtual launch date is 11th January and the school can then choose how to run the remaining 10 sessions in school between January and May 2021. There will be a celebration event run in the Summer Term where the winners will be announced.

Duration

Around 10 x 1-hour sessions to complete the competition.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

Subjects and topics

    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Entertainment

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Staying Positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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