See you next week.
Classes will run until June 7th.
Day 8 - May 12th, 2021
What we did: Today, we discussed the different platforms to market new ideas and projects such as Kickstarter. It is a great opportunity for students to share their ideas and projects, such as their board games.
The students finished up the board games and each group did a presentation. The board games all look so unique and interesting!
Thank you so much and we hope to see you soon!
Day 7 - May 5th, 2021
Welcome to the month of May!
What we did: Today, we discussed the significance of game re-test and how it helps us improve our games. We also looked into cover page designs and the significance of packaging. The students had the opportunity to create a cover page for their board games.
What we will do: Next week, we will be looking into the marketplace, fundraising, and business plans. See you then!
Day 6 - April 28th, 2021
Hope you all had a wonderful April Break!
What we did: Today, we talked about the significance of game testing. We highlighted three key parts of the board game: the game components, the rules and guides, and the board. The students had the opportunity to edit their board games.
What we will do: Next week, we will be looking into the final test runs, improvements, and cover designs.
Day 5 - April 7th, 2021
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday!
What we did: Today, we talked about rule design for the board games. We looked at some sample instructions from past projects and noted the importance of the maker page, the rules page, and the guides page. The students also had the chance to create their instructions page on Canva.
What we will do: Next week, we will be learning about test runs and making improvements to the board games.
Have a wonderful April break!
Day 4 - March 31st, 2021
What we did: We learned about the different components that make up a board game. We also learned that there is a big difference between game pieces and player pieces. Game pieces can include items such as dice, cards, currency, timers, and spinners. Player pieces are those that symbolizes the player. The students continued to work on their board games through Canva, with a focus on creating the game pieces today.
What we will do: next class, we will look into logic and rule designs for the board games.
Day 3 - March 24th, 2021
What we did: We looked at some sample designs from previous students and talked about what to include in the board games. We learned that we can create the board into any shape we like, the different colours and their symbols, what is the most suitable colour to use per board game, and the different pathways. The students had the opportunity to create their designs using Canva.
What we will do: next class, we will look into game theory and game pieces design.
Day 2 - March 17th, 2021
What we did: We talked about the blueprint and how it helps create detailed plans while helping us visualize the process. We shared ideas on what to include on the blueprints, such as the board layout, game pieces layout, the number of players of the game, the suitable age range, and how the game is to be played. The students had the opportunity to brainstorm ideas of their board game templates that includes shapes, colors, and pathways.
What we will do: next class, we will look into board design and design theory.
Day 1 - March 10th, 2021
What we did: A great day of introductions and meeting the group members. We looked at various examples of board games and their roles in our daily lives. We also discussed various tips and methods that can help us create our own board games.
What we will do: Next class, we will talk about the blueprint and game designs. Looking forward to another great lesson!
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We are delighted to bring our Board Game Ninjas program to KCS this Spring. Our Board Game Ninjas Program is designed as an applied math and art program taught in a collaborative fun way.
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Our STEAM program teaches kids how to apply their skills in math, logic, and art to create their very own board game in a stress-free learning environment. Over the course of the next 8 weeks, they will build their board game or card game - from conception, strategy and logic development, to design and finally to sale. Yes, we even throw in a bit of entrepreneurship at the end by encouraging kids to sell digital copies of their games to raise funds for a cause.
Working in teams, our students learn through group activities and interactive gameplay sessions that build their natural curiosity. They learn game theory and the big role it plays in making a successful game and how math has real fun applications. They also learn how to effectively test their prototypes and tweak the complexity by adding more logic or strategy to it. And finally, they learn to effectively pitch their board game while designing a campaign to sell their digital creations.
When it comes to creating their own board game, the sky's the limit! By the end of the program, your child will:
- Create a fun board or card game that is uniquely theirs
- Use practical creativity to make rules for their game
- Apply useful skills they’ve learned about math, logic, and art while making their game.
- Learn to market and sell their board game as an entrepreneur
Move over Monopoly - our KCS Grade 4s are about to create the next hottest game!