Nine op­por­tu­ni­ties to help your child thrive in school

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

Fri­day saw the launch of the Game Jam, a 45 hours event whereby 32 stu­dents from dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions got to­gether in or­der to cre­ate nine ed­u­ca­tional games. The event fin­ished on Sun­day at mid­day and the stu­dents worked tire­lessly through­out the week­end (in­clud­ing the night) in or­der to cre­ate a game in such a short pe­riod of time. This topic of the Game Jam will fo­cus around Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Maths sub­jects at Sec/Or­di­nary level.

The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion is to bring to­gether stu­dents from dif­fer­ent creative fields in or­der to de­velop a dig­i­tal se­ri­ous game dur­ing a lim­ited amount of time. The com­pe­ti­tion tested the stu­dents’ skill of for­ti­tude, their abil­ity to work un­der pres­sure and within a team.

For the open­ing event, the key­note speaker Alexan­der Pfeif­fer from the Donau Univer­sity in Krems, Aus­tria gave an in­spir­ing speech about game de­vel­op­ment and its pit­falls.

Fol­low­ing that, Dy­lan Sey­chell from the Google De­vel­op­ers Group and St Martin’s In­sti­tute, to­gether with ed­u­ca­tors from the St Mar­garet and St Thomas More Col­leges guided the stu­dents in de­sign­ing their game.

Each mem­ber of the win­ning team will be given an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend to a num­ber of lec­tures on game de­vel­op­ment at the Donau Univer­sity in Aus­tria. The award will there­fore in­clude a cash prize redeemable against flights, and ac­com­mo­da­tion to at­tend th­ese lec­tures for each team mem­ber.

This event is or­gan­ised by MITA, the Depart­ment of In­tel­li­gent Com­puter Sys­tems, Fac­ulty of ICT within the Univer­sity of Malta, St Martin’s In­sti­tute of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and the Google De­vel­op­ers Group, Malta Branch.

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