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2018 Welcomes the Learning Arcade

Learning innovation Design Lab has returned to Silikamva and Hout Bay High Schools expanding its offerings to both Game Lab and the newly introduced Learning Arcade. The year kicked off with an exciting after school sign up fair at Silikamva High School where learners had the opportunity to explore the large variety of after school programmes on offer. Forty six learners in grades 8-11, twenty-three at each school, have enrolled to join the programmes this term. When surveyed what their main areas of interest were in joining Game Lab 73% said Playing Games, 56% Art and Design, 44% Coding, 27% Science and Innovation, and 19% responded Storytelling. Our Game Masters are looking forward to helping our learners explore these interests and gain valuable 21st century skills in the process!

After meeting with the school principals to get their feedback from the Game Labs run in 2016 and 2017 both schools requested that the programme be offered more than once a week to further activate the computer labs and insure more learners have access. In response we have expanded our programmes to offer a Learning Arcade twice weekly in each school with the support of partner teachers wherein all interested learners have access to the lab and a curated selection of educational games and resources are available in order to expose learners to new technology, information, and ideas! Learners who have previously completed the Game Lab course have expressed interest in learning further coding languages such as HTML and Phython, the addition of the Learning Arcade also insures learners have access to the labs 5 hours afterschool per week to further their practice.

The first term of Game Lab has begun with learners eagerly arriving in the labs to start designing their very own Scratch games. Both Silikamva and Hout Bay High groups have learners who have previously participated in Game Lab returning to the course to expand their game design skills, as well as learners who have had very limited exposure to using computers. Our Game Masters Lelothando and Rustum are able to meet these learners at their experience level and support them to discover and expand their talents. In the Game Lab all creative thinking and imagination are greatly encouraged and seeing these learners start to engage with Scratch and design their own “sprites” has been a great start to the year! 





14 February 2018 Posted By : Ashley Newell 0 Comments

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