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Kids learn game design in summer school

Video link – Washoe Students Learn Video Game Design.
Sixteen Washoe County students are spending this week learning not just how to play vide games, but how to design them. It is part of the district’s Community Education program, and for once, the students have no complaints about summer school… On Thursday the class hosted guest lecturer Ryan Cullins from local design company 3G Studios. He said if the kids like the taste of game design that they’re getting in this class, then they could really have a future in the industry.”

– Arianna bennett (KTVN News)
http://www.ktvn.com/story/19015224/gaming-for-education

I wish summer school was like this when I was in school.  Better still, it would be great if they had classes like this during the school year!

$10.3 Million for new Games, Learning, and Assessment Lab

New institute gets $10M to gamify education for kids

“The game industry and nonprofits are teaming up to create a video   game design lab that will do research on engaging students and measuring learning … The new Games, Learning and Assessment (GLASS) Lab will be managed by the Institute of Play, a nonprofit video game institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Electronic Arts, and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). It will be supported by $10.3 million in grants.”-  Dean Takahashi

http://venturebeat.com/2012/06/28/gamifying-education-new-institute-will-creating-learning-games-for-children/