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Youth-Led STEM Game Design Workshops 

Youth-Led STEM Game Design Workshops

 

This is a guest post by Juan Rubio, Program Associate for the Online Leadership Program at Global Kids.

 

 

Global Kids Youth Leaders

 

As part of the National STEM Video Game Challenge, Global Kids youth leaders in the Playing for Keeps program designed and led game design workshops that will reach over 200 New York City youth at more than ten Hive NYC institutions. They held two different types of sessions. The first showcased game design concepts and introduced participants to gamestarmechanic.com, a game platform designed specifically for learning how to create games. The second workshop taught participants how to pitch their game design ideas to an expert panel of game gurus from E-Line Media and other game design companies like BrainPop.

 

Hive Youth Council: A-Team Presents Emoti-Con! 

 

Our Hive Youth Council Emoti-Con A-Team sub-committee has been hard at work ensure that this year's digital media festival is our best yet! Check out the video below to learn more about Emoti-Con and why you should attend.

 

 

 

 

For more information please follow us on twitter @Emoticon_NYC and like us at facebook.com/EmotiConNYC. If you want to get your youth involved or want to learn about this year's process, watch our Intro to Emoti-Con 2013 webinar

Global Kids and Hive NYC Badge Design Reflection 

This is a cross-post from Hive NYC's blog.

 

Global Kids has experimented with digital badging in various contexts for the past few years. From badging an afterschool program four years ago at the New York Public Library, to badging the Urban Biodiversity Network program at the American Museum of Natural History, Global Kids has used digital assessment to support youth to recognize, talk about, and demonstrate essential digital literacy skills. Currently, we are consulting with three schools as they develop badging systems for their students, developing our own badging system for all Global Kids youth programs, and supporting Hive NYC and Hive Chicago to build their digital badging systems and infrastructures.

 

National STEM Video Game Challenge Workshops 

We are excited to announce that a series of workshops for the National STEM Video Game Challenge are launching this Saturday! 

 

The Challenge, launched in 2010, is a multi-year competition that aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth by tapping into students' natural passion for playing and making video games. Middle and high school students across the country are asked to create original video games, individually or as teams, and to submit their games for the opportunity to win important recognition for themselves and their communities. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and E-Line Media are co-presenters of the STEM Challenge.

 

The Hive Youth Council Meets! 

 

Youth representing MOUSE, the Rubin Museum, the POINT, MoMA, and Hive HQ gathered at Global Kids to learn about the new launch of the Hive Youth Council. The group is intended to represent the young people served by member organizations of the Hive Learning Network. Over the course of the year they will be responsible for helping to plan network wide events such as game jams, Emoti-Con!, and service days to name a few. Along with being a committee that represents the youth voice in the Hive, they will also be trained in digital media skills such as coding, game design, engineering, and much more. 

 

 

The first session had students taking part in teambuilding activities and sharing what are some opportunities they hope to take part in as members of the council. It was evident that aside from learning new skills, they were interested in taking lead and educating their fellow peers. One of the popular requests was to visit other Hive member organizations throughout the year in order to get a better understanding of their missions and interact with their youth members.