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Nine Lives Game from Create to Learn
During the school year 2012, middle school girls from the School for Human Rights and the School for Leadership Democracy at the Wingate Campus in Brooklyn, participated in the program Create to Learn, with the sponsorship from the Games for Learning Institute. Create to Learn was a program designed to uncover the potential of games as learning tools in math, and to introduce students to peer education.
The program introduced the girls to the basic concepts of game design, including prototyping, playtesting and iteration. In addition, they collaborated in teams to develop their ideas. They decided on the idea of a 'rescue the princess' game that they called Nine Lives. The program also prepare them to present their game ideas to game design professionals, school staff, and their peers.
The girls, from 7th and 8th grades, developed a game to help their 6th graders peers develop and improve math skills. See the result of their efforts above and play their game.
At the end of the program, they presented their game at the Game Play Expo; during the Games for Change 2012 festival.