Tuesday and Wednesday the students of the EduMais Summer Camp Educational Game Design Course started with the Story writing and storytelling workshop. Every day the teachers prepare the groups and the course of the days to come. Most of the teachers are former students of EduMais themselves. Some of them are even ‘born’ at the school as they call it. They start at day-care through the entire school career until they reach 18 years. We also welcomed Menno and Jeroen van Pelt – Deen. Who arrived on Monday.
After Marcelo’s workshop we split the groups into a story writing class and a story telling class. A good narrative comes of course with a perfect fitted design. Ying and Yang. This also counts for the teachers. Marcelo and Flavia monitored these two days as a couple in perfect harmony with the other teachers and students. Incredible to discover the silence as the classes moved along and the students fully concentrated on writing and art.
Students are awesome. So nice to discover that students who think that could not create art in writing and drawing actually do. Not if they are taught right but if they are coached right. Menno Deen, Flavia Garcia de Carvalho and Marcelo Vasconcellos are wizards in unlocking students views and talents.
The EduMais Summer Camps are all-inclusive. Literally and figuratively. No one is excluded and the food, beverages, and entertainment are all in. Good for the students, good for the teachers, and good for the parents. Parents trust the fact that their loved ones are being taken care of well.
Roy van der Schilden
The story writing and storytelling workshops were a blast. The story writing class already started to produce some stories in Twine. Next week the students will put them into practice with actual real game design and playable prototypes. I am so much looking forward to that.
Creating this program requires flexibility and adaptability. The group of teachers and volunteers evaluate every day the tops and tips.
Daily debrief with tips and top.
Let’s finish the week with a yell.
Art class at EduMais Summer Camp
Although Covid has influenced the last day and a half of the week. One of the students got tested positively and that forced the organization to decide that we had to postpone the Summer Camp until next week Tuesday. But flexible as we are Menno and Rob already adapted the course to a program where we still are able to develop playful educational games with students and teachers at PPG – Rio de Janeiro. Also to all students: stay safe and please return. And for Diana: boa sorte!
Written by Jurriaan van Rijswijk – Founder of Games for Health Europe Foundation with permission published on EduMais Blog