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Exploring a future for education

Monday, August 6, 2012

The UK’s biggest ever festival for videogame education recently took place at the Magna Science Adventure Centre and Meg Munn MP was there to see what was on offer.

The Games Britannia Festival provided children with practical hands-on workshops in game development, much of which can be replicated at home or school. Meg discussed with one of the festival organisers, David Orridge, IT Manager at Brinsworth Comprehensive School Academy Trust, the merits of a Raspberry Pi computer, which can be used by young people to learn programming.

Games Britannia was also the culmination of a schools competition where young people from across the UK competed to write, illustrate and compose ideas for a new video game based on one of the industry’s most iconic characters Monty Mole. The eight best school entries took part in a ‘games jam’ as part of the festival.

Young people worked with students from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield independent game development studio, Sumo-Digital Ltd, and others. They were also filmed with presenter Barney Harwood for the BBC children’s TV programme Blue Peter for a future programme. The festival also helped to educate young people about careers in the industry and to celebrate the rich videogame development heritage of our region.

Meg Munn MP said:

“I really enjoyed my visit to Games Britannia. It was great to see so many young people being given the opportunity to learn new skills and develop existing ones through the competition and the activities at the festival.

I am keen that we do all we can to support more young people developing careers in the industry. Currently there are not many women working in this area so I was pleased to hear that over 100 girls had taken part in workshops and activities during the festival’s girls’ only day.”

Games Britannia was organised by a partnership including Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield Hallam University, Brinsworth Comprehensive School Academy Trust, Replay Events and UK Interactive Entertainment. It was also backed by organisations from the industry and media including Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Sumo-Digital Ltd, YoYo Games, Raspberry Pi and the BBC’s CBBC/CBeebies.

For more information on Games Britannia visit: http://www.gamesbritannia.com/replayed/

View photos from Games Britannia at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/games_britannia/

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Meg with David Orridge and the Raspberry Pi computer

Meg with David Orridge and the Raspberry Pi computer


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