More than 50 Baltimore City students will convene this Saturday, October 3 for the Third Annual Game Jam, a daylong event (8am – 8pm) aimed at transforming students from gamers into developers.
The exciting event is hosted by Code in the Schools, a local nonprofit that brings high-quality computer programming classes to the underserved and under-represented youth of Baltimore City.
The students, who range from 6th to 12th grade, work in teams throughout the day to develop games using the Unity 2D Game Engine tool package, a cross-platform game creation system. The students will have the chance to sharpen their game development skills at free workshops, hosted by Code in the Schools, leading up to the event. “As a veteran game developer, it’s exciting for me to watch the next generation get started,” says Code in the Schools co-founder Michael LeGrand. “Making a game in a day is crazy to try and awesome to watch. Kids start with the teamwork, then they test their grit against technical limitations, all the while flexing their creative muscles to generate art, music, and story. At the end of the day, they proudly show off their hard work to judges and peers in a battle for prizes valued at more than $1,500!”
This event is free and open to the public however, participant registration is now closed.
About Code in the Schools
Code in the Schools was founded in 2013 to provide computer science education to underserved and under-represented youth. The organization partners with schools and community organizations to deliver computer science instruction in both formal and informal settings. Classes range from hands-on electrical engineering, programmable circuits, and robotics, to software development in high-level languages such as Java, C#, and Python. Since its founding,
Code in the Schools has had over 2,500 Pre-K through 12th grade students enrolled in its in-school and after-school classes and summer programs, and exposed hundreds more to computer science education through workshops and one-day events. In addition to direct instruction, Code in the Schools provides professional development, equipment, training, and curricula to other schools and organizations that understand the importance computer science education plays in the 21st century.
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