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Becker hosts game jam for high school students

Becker hosts game jam for high school students

Published on: October 26, 2019

Becker students demoing games at BostonFIG in September 2019.

Becker students demo games at BostonFIG in September. In late October, Becker will host a game jam for high school students as part of Mass. STEM Week.

Becker College and MassDiGI teamed up recently to offer a game jam for high school students as part of Massachusetts STEM Week 2019.

“We are always excited to show high school students the opportunities available to them in the STEM field,” said Alan Ritacco, dean of Becker College’s School of Design and Technology.

A game jam lets participants try their hand at building a game — from coding on up. On Oct. 23, MassDiGI (Massachusetts Digital Game Institute) worked with the Becker College student game development club and a Becker College professor, to offer a 6 hour game jam for high school students, teachers and parents across the state. The theme for the game jam, and for the statewide STEM Week, was “See Yourself in STEM.”

Interested students, teachers and parents spent time creating digital games from assets that the club provided using the Game Maker software engine. This engine has a simple and intuitive workflow designed for students of all backgrounds to easily pick up.

For those who participated online, there was a dedicated communications channel with Becker student club members so that if anyone participating online ran into any problems they could be helped promptly.  The club provided all that participate with a game jam “kit”, which included any assets that the participants might need.

The College anticipates that, to the extent possible, the games will be posted online for all to play.

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