This in Not a Game, Galway workshop

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This is Not a Game!

Is a video game challenge for Irish students. The goal is to use the fun and popularity of video games to raise awareness of Marine issues like overfishing, ocean pollution and ocean acidification. The challenge is being organised by CoderDojo, the U.S. Embassy, and Griffith College.

This session is open to all kids aged 10-18 whether they attend CoderDojo or not. On the day, we will have workshops on games development, discussion on the competition theme and presentations from the gaming industry. The Galway edition will take place at the NUI Galway, Bailey Allen Hall.

Register here

Event Details:

Location: NUI Galway, Bailey Allen Hall

Date: 15th of November

Time of session: 11.00am – 2.30pm

Price: Free to attend

Schedule:

11:00 am  Registration

11:30 am  Introduction to the Program by:

- Michael Madden, NUI Galway Head of Discipline of Information Technology

- Susan Cleary, US Embassy Director of Public Affairs

- U.S. Ambassador Kevin O’Malley

11.45 am  John Evans, Marine Institute: Why our Oceans Matter

12:15 pm  Alan Duggan, Tribal City Interactive: What Makes a Good Game

12:45 pm  Break for Lunch

1:10 pm    CoderDojo Youth Mentors: Unity exercise

2:30 pm    Event ends

Requirements for the event:

  • Students should bring their own laptop to use.
  • Students should bring a packed lunch.Students under 12 years of age (including 12) have to be supervised by a parent at the event.

Speakers:

Alan Duggan, Tribal City Interactive: What Makes a Good Game

Marine Institute Speaker: Why our Oceans Matter

Follow us on Twitter @thisisnot_agame for updates on the workshop.

Please Note: We would ask that all attendees 13 and under are accompanied by an adult at the event. Students have to bring their own laptops to work with at the session. Please do not book a single adult ticket and attend alone. Adults will not be allowed into the event unless they are supervising a student attending the event.

This is not a game, Cork Workshop!

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This is Not a Game!

Is a video game challenge for Irish students. The goal is to use the fun and popularity of video games to raise awareness of Marine issues like overfishing, ocean pollution and ocean acidification. The challenge is being organised by CoderDojo, the U.S. Embassy, and Griffith College.

This session is open to all kids aged 10-18 whether they attend CoderDojo or not. On the day, we will have workshops on games development, discussion on the competition theme and presentations from the gaming industry. The Cork edition will take place at the UCC Insight Centre for Data Analytics.

Register here

Event Details:

Location: UCC Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Western Gateway Building.

Date: 15th of November

Time of session: 11.00am – 2.30pm

Price: Free to attend

Schedule:

·         11:00 am  Registration

·         11:30 am  Introduction to the program 

·         11.40 am  Tom Doyle, NUI Galway: Why our oceans matter

·         12:10 pm  Richard Sneyd, Cybermyth Games: What makes a good game

·         12:40pm   Break for Lunch

·         1:10 pm    Paul Kennedy and Eoghan Dunne, Panabona: Game entrepreneurs and working in a team

·         1:30 pm    CoderDojo Youth Mentors: GameMaker exercise

·         2:30 pm    Event ends

Requirements for the event:

  • Students should bring their own laptop to use.
  • Students should bring a packed lunch.Students under 12 years of age (including 12) have to be supervised by a parent at the event.

Speakers:

Richard Sneyd, Cybermyth Games: What makes a good game

Tom Doyle, NUI Galway, Marine Scientist: Why our Oceans Matter

Follow us on Twitter @thisisnot_agame for updates on the workshop.

Please Note: We would ask that all attendees 13 and under are accompanied by an adult at the event. Students have to bring their own laptops to work with at the session. Please do not book a single adult ticket and attend alone. Adults will not be allowed into the event unless they are supervising a student attending the event.

Derry workshop hosted by CoderDojo Derry!

the Derry workshop was hosted by the awesome folks at CoderDojo Derry and had 30 students and 20 adults in attendance as well as 6 mentors and 5 presenters/helpers. This was the perfect ration of Mentors and helpers to students! It is hard to choose a memorable high point as ALL the presenters were marvellous! Roisin and the team from STEMAware delivered a great workshop and told the students about the importance of engineers, the wide breadth of the engineering industry and why STEM subjects are tied together. They showed the students how to build some doodlebots too which was lots of fun!
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Catherine from Riverwatch was great also, she brought a baby shark which the students loved as well as lots of other marine creatures! Catherine talked about ocean sustainability and really inspired the students giving them a starting point for their games!
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Michael Arbuthnot, a local designer/illustrator from Uproar Comics gave a talk on his experience of games development in regards to his awesome final project he worked on last year at University of Ulster. He showed the students that they did not need to be expert programmers to build a great game so long as they have a willingness to learn. He also emphasised the need to work as a team in order to play to everyone’s strengths and develop the best end-product possible. The students, particularly the older ones, were all keen to ask questions his project and the best IDEs to use so he stuck around for a while to point them in the right direction.
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Thank you for everyone involved in organising this awesome event and well done to all the young coders that attended! We look forward to the next workshop!
If you have not registered for the competition you can do so here:

Last of the This is Not a Game workshops announced!

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Following the success of the first this is Not a Game workshop in Dublin, Belfast, Limerick and Derry we are happy to announce that there will be two more in the series of ‘This is Not a Game’ workshops! These workshops will be taking place in Galway and Cork on the 15th of November.

The workshops will include talks and hands-on training by industry leaders and experts aimed at equipping aspiring game makers with the skill and knowledge to start creating their own video games for the competition! All Irish students (10 – 18) interested in learning about video game development are welcome to attend! And  the best thing is that all the workshop is free to attend.

Details of the Workshops are listed below:

City: Date: Location: Register here:
Cork November 15th Insight centre at UCC Register for Cork
Galway November 15th NUI Galway, Bailey Allen Hall Register for Galway

We look forward to seeing you there!

Follow This is Not a Game on Twitter @thisisnot_agame for updates on the upcoming workshops. If you have any questions you can contact us directly via:

thisisnotagame@coderdojo.com

Please Note: We would ask that all attendees 13 years and under are accompanied and supervised by an adult at the events. All  students should bring their own laptops to work with at the sessions. Please do not book a single adult ticket and attend alone. Adults will not be allowed into the events unless they are supervising a student attending the events.

Resources to get you started on making your own game:

FREE Scratch Download

FREE Project Anarchy Download

FREE GameMaker Download

 

This Is Not A Game Ocean Challenge is coming to Limerick!

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A special event will take place on Saturday, October 4th from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm in the Millennium Theatre in the Limerick Institute of Technology.

The event is free to attend, but both young people attending and their guardians must register in advance.

Register Here! 

Event Details:

Location: Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology.

Date: 4th of October

Time of session: 10.00 am – 2.30 pm

Price: Free to attend

Schedule:

  • 10:00 am  Registration
  • 10:30 am  Introduction to the program 
  • 10.40 am  Dr. Peter Klimley, aka “Dr. Hammerhead”:Why our Oceans Matter
  • 11:25 am   Games Industry Speaker James Daly: CEO of Atom Split Games
  • 12:15 pm   Break for Lunch
  • 1 pm           Diarmaid Keane: Creating a Video Trailer for you Game
  • 1:30 pm    CoderDojo Mentors: GameMaker exercise
  • 2.30 pm    Event finishes
 Important requirements for the event:
  • Students should bring their own laptop to use.
  • Students should bring a packed lunch. Students under 13 years of age will have to be supervised by a parent at the event.

Speakers

Dr. Peter Klimley

Dr. Klimley’s research interests revolve around the use of telemetric techniques; specializing in the development of behavioural and environmental sensors, computer-decoded telemetry, automated data logging, and archival tags.  He has designed and built multi-sensor ultrasonic transmitters and used them to relate the highly directional migratory movements of hammerhead sharks to local patterns in the earth’s geomagnetic field.  He was involved in the development of the first automated tag-detecting monitors and was the first to deploy them in the marine environment to ascertain the degree of residency of hammerhead sharks at a seamount and their emigration in response to local upwelling.  A major objective of Dr Klimley’s Biotelemetry Laboratory is to disseminate innovative remote sensing technology among scientists on an international level.

James Daly

James is CEO of Atom Split Games. Games Programmer, Designer and scribbler of many notes, James loves to create fun experiences for people to enjoy. James is also a part-time Lecturer on LIT’s Games Development Course.”

 

About This is Not a Game

“This is Not A Game Ocean Challenge” is a call out to students to help spread the word about threats to our Ocean by learning code and making games. The goal is to help to use the popularity of games to raise awareness of issues like over fishing, the problem of ocean garbage and human impact on life in the sea. This competition is being launched by Coder Dojo, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin and the U.S. Consulate in Belfast, as well as several educational partners and is open to students in Ireland (10 – 18 years old).

You can sign up as an individual or as part of a team. Then you can attend a local launch workshop or get help from your local Coder Dojo and mentors to create your game. The last step is to submit your game to a panel of judges that will include professional game makers.  Finalists will be invited to present their finished games at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin in January.

You don’t need to know how to code to start.   A good team includes more than just programmers.   Storytellers, writers, artists and musicians all help create great interactive games. So anyone who cares about the fate of the sea can help.