NYC Haunts

NYC Haunts at School for International Studies: Week 1 

Thanks to a generous grant from TimeWarner CableOLP's 2013 NYC Haunts summer camp is up and running! Middle School students from the School for International Studies came together this week to begin designing a geo-locative game set during the Civil War draft riots in the free African-American neighborhood of Weeksville in Brooklyn.

 

We kicked off the week with a scavenger hunt in Madison Square Park to learn the fundamentals of location-based games: map reading. Students also enjoyed using the iPads to play their first geo-locative game.

 

Kenny, Niles, and Robert taking a picture near the Shake Shack, one of the locations in the scavenger hunt.

 

On the second day of camp, students were introduced to the ARIS game design platform's editor where they practiced putting characters and items on a map and creating their own basic ARIS games. They also learned about the Civil War draft riots that took place in New York City exactly 150 years ago. Each student played a character from the time of the draft riots and made decisions based on who their character was and what they had in their "inventories." 

 

Julisa, Tommy, and Robert playing the Survive the Draft game created by OLP staff and interns Man Cheung and Melissa Salama.

 

On the third day, the students visited the Weeksville Heritage Center and gathered ideas for characters and locations that could be used in their ARIS game. They learned about how residents of Weeksville might have been affected by the Civil War draft riots.

 

On the fourth day, students learned that the story in their game would be strong if it included some emotional ups and downs. They picked stories or movies they enjoyed and broke them down to see how the characters' emotions changed, then they brainstormed potential mysteries for their game, identifying characters and locations based on their visit to the Weeksville Heritage Center the day before. Each student contributed to the storyline, excited to see it all come together.

 

Jayme and Julisa presenting their ideas for the game's storyline.

 

Next week brings a whole new set of game design activites based on what students learned this week. It's crunch time: the final playtesting day is next Thursday!

Global Kids at the Angelo Patri Middle School 

After three amazing years our time at MS 391, the Angelo Patri Middle school has come to an end. We wanted to celebrate with a look back to some of the highlights over the years including; the inception of NYC Haunts, creating anti-bullying comics, developing amazing games and most of all - having fun while learning. Check out the slideshow and celebrate our incredible students from the Bronx!

 

 

Global Kids and Hive at Grantmakers for Learning 2012 Conference 

GK Leader Brianna setting up our board.

 

Global Kids presented their Hive projects at the 2012 Grantmakers for Learning Conference Reception. GK Leader Brianna discussed her experience in the summer program Race to the White House which through the Hive Learning Network was in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library.

 

Brianna rocking her Hive t-shirt at the Global Kids table.

 

Brianna explained what geocaching was and their process of coming up with difference electorial issues to highlight within the game. She also encouraged the Grantmakers to experience a mini-scavenger hunt during the reception and gave sticker prizes to those who completed the task. 

 

Myself and Brianna setting up the table.

(Photo credit: @_technovation_)

 

NYC Haunts Featured on Infinite Thinking Machine 

In their season premier, online show Infinite Thinking Machine focused on games based learning and highlighted NYC Haunts, Global Kids' collaborative project with the NYPL. The full episode is below and discusses other great tools frequently used by Global Kids such as Minecraft and Gamestar Mechanic. Special thanks to HP for Education who first made us aware of the feature!

 

 


 

Emoti-Con! Recap - Design Challenge and Presentations 

This past June brought us Emoti-Con! 2012 Digital Youth Media Festival. Check out below two short videos showcasing the design challenge and the competition presentations that happened over the course of the day. 

 

 

 

Out-of-School Settings Create Climate for New Skills 

 

Education Week featured a story which highlighted our Race to the White House and NYC Haunts programs. Read the full story below. 

 

 

Osarieman Igbinevbo, 17, right, and her teammate, Miguel Zeng, 18, discover a geocache inside a disused Fire Department call box in New York City. The Global Kids program uses the treasure hunt and technology to teach students about public-policy issues.
—Emile Wamsteker for Education Week

 

 

Educators see them as learning labs

 

Emoti-Con! 2012 

Without hesitation everyone involved agreed that this year's Emoti-Con! was the BEST EVER! We saw over 150 youth bring their energy and a-game as they set up the projects they worked so hard on over the course of the year. The diversity of mediums ranged from film, scratch, projects using arduino boards, geolocative gaming, robotics and so much more. Youth heard from four amazing keynote speakers including: Mike Edwards, software engineer at The Huffington Post; Ayah Bdeir, founder of littleBits.cc; Jeffrey Yohalem, lead writer of Assasin's Creed: Brotherhood; and Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of foursquare. 

 

Global Kids represented with three projects including the Playing for Peace Challenge, NYC Haunts, and the debut of Cut It Out a documentary made by GK Leaders at Long Island City H.S. on truancy. 

 

Taking home crowd favorite was a team from MOUSE who developed Dining Bands. These bands worn on the wrist were to aid the visually impaired while dining. They would vibrate near food to let its user know where it was and had a sensor for temperature to warn the user when their food was too hot. 

 

Overall, the day was a great success and we will have many more videos and photos to share. For now feel free to check out the gallery thus far and watch a brief reflection from two NYC Haunts youth who attended the festival. GK Leader Paoly said it best as she summed up her thoughts:

 

NYC Haunts at Curtis! 

 

Curtis High School Global Kids Leaders have had a busy couple of weeks at the NYC Haunts program in collaboration with the St. George Library. At their first session youth were introduced to the program by play-testing the NYC Haunts game created by the team at the Seward Park Branch. They shared their feedback on both the game and the benefits and challenges of the ARIS system. 

 

Carli DeFillo from the Museum of the City of New York came and showcased some amazing artifacts from Staten Island as well as take the youth on a historical walking tour throughout the neighborhood. 

 

 

GK's OLP Youth Leaders at the GK Annual Youth Conference 

Youth from two GK OLP programs -  NYC Haunts and Playing 4 Keeps - attended and presented at the 2012 Annual Youth Conference. Below are some photos show their awesome work and good times that were had.

 

 

 

 


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Great Poe Park Mystery game launch - NYC Haunts 

Global Kids Youth Leaders launched the location based game they created using the platform ARIS. The game is the first on a series of games developed in collaboration with The New York Public Library and as part of the NYC Haunts program. The game which takes place in the Fordham area of the Bronx, is about a detective that must solve the mystery of a missing child. It was presented to other youth from the Fordham Library branch. The game deals with local history of the Bronx, with the author Edgar Allan Poe, and civic action around the issue of clean air. 

 

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