The Game Jam on January 9th was BGNlab's first large community event. Approximately 25 people attended, with numbers split evenly between community members and Wilfrid Laurier University Students. Of the community members, 4 out of 5 were educators from other institutions, including local high schools and colleges. The remaining community members were elementary students from Grades 4-6.
The attendees were split into four groups, which each created an educational game with the Breakout EDU boxes. Each group chose a different topic when creating their Breakout EDU box. One group made a set of educational puzzles to teach students about statistics. Another group made a game discussing harassment and bullying from a sociological standpoint. The third group turned their Breakout EDU box into a game designed to get students engaged with environmental conservation. The fourth and final group created puzzles which taught students about the BP oil spill and the ways BP covered up information after the event.
In total, 31 different sites registered to join in the Game Jam event virtually from locations around the world. The event was livestreamed on Twitch.tv, which is a website dedicated to displaying live videos of video games and other creative content such as the Game Jam event. During the Game Jam, Scott Nicholson, Professor of Game Design and Development, broadcast announcements and updates on the Twitch.tv platform.
After the event, Dr. Nicholson reached out to the sister Game Jam events around the world. Six of them replied with the results from their events. Some examples of games developed by these international groups include games about transcontinental railways in the United States, the history of Puritains in New England, and how forensic evidence is used. The content created by this international event has been already used by one teacher in Japan, who then ran their own independent Game Jam a few weeks later.
There were two newspaper articles about the event, one by the Brantford Expositor and another by Brant News. A summary of each article is available on this website, as well as direct links to the news articles.
Brantford Expositor, Jan. 10th: http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2016/01/10/puzzle-makers-get-their-game-jam-on