Yesterday we had the first session of the new Afterschool Digital Club at Elm Grove School, Hanover, Brighton.
15 children attended, we had a prezi presentation of what we plan to do, which you can see here.
This is what we achieved in the first session.
1 We split into pairs, each taking turns to describe our favourite computer game for the other partner to guess (Ipad, Internet, Games Console, Phone Computer etc). This got us thinking about playability, story etc
2 Then we voted on the most popular games and picked 6 groups to create an animation/film of the following games;
Spiro, Mario Bros, Squash the Bug, Deadly Planet, Minecraft and Angry Birds
3 The groups then drew the characters and components of their games on paper ready to make into props and 2d characters for next weeks animation and video shoots.
4 One of the groups want to make a film using real people, another wants to go straight to scratch to recreate their game, the rest will be using animation programs to create a film of their game.
some magnificent drawings of popular game’s characters
It is hoped that this process will enable the children to deconstruct the games they play regularly, so they think about the process of creating a computer game. I hope that they will be inspired to have a go at making their own in the club, sometime in the near future.
The children and I also made some club rules;
To have fun
When I shout ‘I want money’ they shout back ‘That’s what I want” and are then quiet [this is from their school play!]
I agreed to be;
Kind, respectful and encouraging to them
They agreed to be;
Kind, respectful and encouraging to me and each other. They also agreed that they should not swear or bully anyone.
We decided that there may be a need to add to these rules as we go along.