Code Ninja club. team game making contest.
This fall one of the things we have done with the Code Ninja computer club is to encourage students to make games collaboratively.
To do this I challenged students to form teams of 3-4 people. Each team had to create an original game from scratch. Each team had to assign roles to the members so that everyone in the team had a job in creating the game. They were allowed to use the online Scratch.mit.edu program to make their games. Each game had to be fully playable, have a score keeping method, and and end goal. Any artwork (sprites, backgrounds etc,) needed to be created by the students or provided by scratch.
I have given them a time frame of 2 months to complete their games. In the end we will play each others games and vote on the best one. I will award the winning team with $20, which they have to split.
This project has really seemed to motivate some of my students. They often stay after school and work on it and even come in to work before school several days a week.
It is amazing how fast they will learn about game making and coding on their own when you challenge them like this.
Right now I have 3 teams working to see if they can beat each other.