Slideshow: Intergenerational Game Design Workshop

by Catherine Jhee
May 22, 2015

On Saturday, May 9, 17 kids between 8-18 years old joined a 50+ adult in their life (parents, grandparents, relatives, or friends) for a free, three-hour video game design workshop at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. hosted by AARP and MentorUp, E-Line Media and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.  Allison Mishkin of the Cooney Center, and Mark German of E-Line Media led the pairs throughout a workshop to discover the elements that make up any game — space, components, mechanics, goals, and rules — and the importance of finding the right balance with those elements to make a game fun to play. Groups of pairs joined together to apply these five elements of game creation to make up their own physical games using household and office supplies.

Then the pairs sat together at laptop computers to create their own video games using the Gamestar Mechanic game-based learning tool. All of the participants were engaged in the process of designing a game that they would like to play together. This event was part of a pilot series of workshops in multiple cities through June 28. See the events calendar at stemchallenge.org or mentorup.org for more information.

All photos by Matt Roth for AARP