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Pupils help create educational computer games


The BA (Hons) Digital Media students have been working with staff and pupils at Shelfield Academy, in Pelsall, Walsall, through the University’s Institute of Gaming & Animation (IGA).

The students and their teachers came up with the ideas for the educational games, and the University’s School of Art & Design students created the games.

Twelve web based games were developed over a semester long module, covering a range of subject areas including history and religion. At the same time, the Institute of Gaming & Animation also sponsored a competition, where the developers of the best three games received vouchers totalling £500.

Following judging by the Academy and IGA, the final winner was Matthew Clark with MuckUp, a World War 2 themed history game, and two joint second place winners, Wacky Witch High by Nicole Simms, a History of the Titanic Themed application, and Roman Soldier Bathhouse by Petra Kravos.

Dr Stuart Slater, Director of the Institute of Gaming & Animation, worked with Lisa Barton at Shelfield Academy on the project. Stuart said: “The commitment from the Academy’s staff and students along with the Module Team and students at the University, really showed how co-operative working can lead to some outstanding work. Furthermore all 12 games showed some considerable talent and appreciation of developing for a younger audience in an educational context.”

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