First school Game Jam at GCU

19 May 2015

Sewer Sweeper was the winning design at the previous noPILLS Game Jam

Sewer Sweeper was the winning design at the previous noPILLS Game Jam

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is using digital games to teach schoolchildren about environmental issues.

Fifty pupils from Caledonian Club primary school Elmvale, in Springburn, will be on campus on Wednesday, May 20 for the University’s first schools Game Jam, supported by University students and staff.

Pupils will learn about the noPills European research programme, which looks at ways to reduce pharmaceutical waste in fresh water. While on campus, they will visit the research labs and will also have the opportunity to test some of the games already designed by GCU students for noPills at a previous Game Jam.

The schoolchildren will then have four hours to build a game of their own, related to noPills, using Scratch software. The games will be judged by former GCU student Amanda Wilson, with the best eight going forward to a final at Cardonald College, where Amanda runs similar Jams.

David Moffat, Senior Lecturer, Digital Design Technologies, said: “This is the first time the University is running a Game Jam for primary school children.

“We are giving the school two Raspberry Pi computing kits, designed to help young children learn programming.

“We hope this will be the first of many mini game-jams for schools we will host at GCU."