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Game Lab is an 8-week long, after-school program that teaches high school students how to design, develop and program their own video games using an online tool called Scratch. To some, choosing to teach video game design may seem like an out of the box idea, but the process actually reinforces educational outcomes and helps the students develop their English and storytelling skills, mathematics and logic competencies and improves social awareness and other interpersonal skills.


The Game Lab course is also designed to provide students with the opportunity to get comfortable with technology and, more specifically, the concepts and approaches to coding, to prepare them for careers in an ever more technology-reliant and engaged world.


After a successful year at Silikamva High School in 2016, Game Lab received additional funding in 2017 from The Learning Trust enabling the initiative to expand its reach to a second school in Cape Town, Hout Bay High School.


“The response to the course has been awesome and the learners are very excited about the program,” Mr Julius, the principal at Hout Bay High School tells us. “What we would really like to do is be able to give more students the opportunity to join and have more Game Lab classes during the week.”