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.

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About merlehall

I am a technology teacher for Macon Middle School. In Northeast Missouri. I have been using an online classroom with Moodle for the past several years. My students use a hybrid online, brick and mortar class. My classes are designed to support the core classes in that: In 8th grade we study the Constitution of the United States using smartboards, podcast, vidcast, internet research and word. In 7th we study economics using HTML, game creation, ebook writing, podcast, game playing, excel spreadsheets, and database design. In 6th grade we study geography and math using Monopoly with checks, spreadsheets, and work on keyboarding, speed typing, touch typing and dictation. In addition to education I am an avid fisherman, hunter, hot air balloon lover, front porch setter, square dancer, so you will also be seeing information on these subjects as well from time to time.
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