Day 1 EduMaisGames Design Summer Camp

What a day . . . what a beautiful day!
This morning we started at 8:30 with briefing the course teachers for day 1 of the EduMaisGame Summer Course. At 9 o’clock the kids came in. 35 registered and 35 showed up! Amazing.

8:30 sharp Sandra, Rob and Jurriaan at Escola Solar where EduMais is located. (the blue suitcase is full of Lego).

Diana and Henrique started with the rules of engagement together with the kids. No shouting, being respectful, walk not run and all the good and bad manners listed as does and don’ts.

Rules of engagement as a start of every EduMais Course.

Then of course to get to know each other we played. Physical and social play. And we changed the rules. A discovery where actually Brazilians are very good at.

After lunch we split the kids in groups where each group had to choose a game they love and a game they hate. This assignment was to make a structured analysis of how the game was constructed and designed to discover why it was a good versus a bad game. The next step was to generate ideas for improvements of the game that they hate.

Making EduMaisGames

Each team had to create a group name and a presentation of their findings. An important skill of Game Design is that you are able to share and present your ideas and thoughts.

We end the day with an exploration of the different roles the kids have an ambition for. Are you an artist, programmer, story writer, marketeer, producer, audio designer or game designer. Multidisciplinary teams are required for serious game design!

Different roles for game design

Traditionally every day of an EduMais course kids and teachers say goodbye, wish them a nice evening and night and telling them that we love to see them tomorrow morning. For many people still this is not the case. We are sad to hear that already one of the kids needs to resign because of a domestic. We are figuring out how he still would be able to attend.

The EduMaisGame course is being held at the location of Solar in the Favela of Pavão-Pavãozinho & Cantagalo. A picturesque environment to make impact with serious games.

Author: Jurriaan van Rijswijk

Jurriaan van Rijswijk is Applied Game Architect for 25 years. He develops game strategies and designs behavior change with games for among others healthcare professionals, therapies for patients with chronic illnesses, mental and emotional health therapies, lifestyle interventions and rehabilitation. He developed and produced hundreds of applied games and game concepts. Many of his games won various awards and/or are clinically and/or scientifically validated. Furthermore, Jurriaan is founder and chairman of the Games for Health Europe Foundation. The Games for Health Europe Foundation is the largest worldwide networking ecosystem of people, companies and institutes for research, development and implementation of games within the health ecosystem. In 2014 Jurriaan won the ICT Personality of the Year Award. This award is an acknowledgement for a person who stimulate and impactful applies and implements the use of ICT for the benefit of profit and non-profit organizations as well as governmental organisations.

9 thoughts on “Day 1 EduMaisGames Design Summer Camp

  1. Umberto França says:

    Eu nunca vi este lugar com tanta alegria! Parabéns!

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  2. Enrique says:

    These photos of the kids presenting are amazing!
    Super cool posters they made!

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  3. Johanna says:

    Het lijkt me een heel leuk begin met deze dag voor de kinderen. Wat een kleurrijk gezelschap, letterlijk en hopelijk ook figuurlijk. Veel succes weer vandaag.

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  4. Max Westerman says:

    Such a wonderful initiative ! Impressive how many different skills students learn in the process of developing a game. Great blog!

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