Idaho statewide teen game design camp

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Mike Caldwell
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Idaho Teens To Learn Digital Game Design as Career Path

Idaho Teen GameLab to teach Idaho students the art of digital game design and coding in an interactive camp.

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 1.36.26 PMBoise – January 2014 – Idaho students interested in a career in digital gaming and computer programming have the opportunity to participate in the Idaho Teen GameLab (ITGL). ITGL is a six-week, fully online academic camp that provides career exploration in the exciting field of digital game design. ITGL is taught using 3D GameLab, a quest-based learning platform where students level up by playing educational “quests” at their own pace within Gamemaker Studio, Sploder, Unity, Minecraft and adventure maps. Students will collaborate in virtual worlds to plan and build civilizations, create personalized games, test and provide feedback on fellow-developers games. ITGL is co-sponsored by Idaho Digital Learning (IDLA) and GoGo Labs.

“At Idaho Digital Learning, we are always searching for innovative ways to improve learning opportunities for Idaho Students. Idaho Teen Game Lab provides a rich learning experience that promotes creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking which are essential skills in todays work environment. We are really excited about our partnership with GoGo Labs and have enjoyed working with them on this project” said Mike Caldwell, Idaho Digital Learning Director of Program Development

“Ninety-nine percent of teens play video games. GoGo Labs is focused on engaging students and inspiring teachers through gamified learning opportunities, and what could be more interesting than designing the games themselves? We’re excited to be working with IDLA to bring this opportunity to Idaho teens” said Lisa Dawley, GoGo Labs CEO & Founder

In celebration of Digital Learning Day, registration will open on February 5, 2014.

Up to 200 middle and high school students throughout the state of Idaho can participate in the camp beginning in March. ITGL is great for beginning and intermediate game designers. For more information, or go to http://idahoteengamelab.org/.

Idaho Digital Learning was established as Idaho’s state virtual school by the Idaho Legislature in 2002.  The state virtual school serves 100% of Idaho School districts at over 19,000 enrollments in 2012-2013. Idaho Digital Learning is a nationally recognized program that was ranked 3rd in the U.S. for Online Learning Policy and Practice (Center for Digital Education, 2008) and is the fourth-largest State Virtual School in the United States based on statewide per capita online enrollments (Keeping Pace, 2011)

GoGo Labs, Inc., is a learning technology business based in Boise, Idaho.  Its mission is to empower, inspire and engage teachers and students using quest-based learning, and game-like learning communities. GoGo Labs holds a global exclusive license on 3D GameLab, a patent-pending learning platform that promotes student engagement and feelings of heroic success leveraging game mechanics such as quests, ranks, badges and player cards. Its customers are educators and institutions in over 13 countries that are seeking exciting, new ways to engage their digital-age students.

NOAA Planet Stewards launches July 1st!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and GoGo Labs is proud to announce the July 2013 launch of Planet Stewards, quest-based learning and science career pathway badges for middle and high school students.  Planet Stewards encourages students to explore 15 career pathways such as Marine Biologist, Severe Weather Forecaster, Coastal Manager, and Volcanologist. Students access real-time data, use NOAA forecasting tools, and engage in applied scientific inquiry.  Quests are aligned to the Next Generation Science Framework.

Teacher training begins July 1, and requires approximately 10-15 hours of asynchronous online training, supplemented with optional live video conferencing events.  Up to 500 middle and high school science teachers will be accepted at no cost.  Participating teachers earn a NOAA Teacher badge.  Optional professional development credit is available.  For more information, see:  http://noaaplanetstewards.org