The Breakout EDU Game Jam event was covered by Brant News on January 18th, 2016.
Mike Peeling, reporter and photographer, attended the Laurier BGNlab Game Jam on January 9th. His article, "Laurier Game Jam Brings Fun, Hands-On Approach to Education", draws attention to the educational aspects of the event. The event had four teams create puzzle games for elementary school students using the Breakout EDU model. The Breakout EDU model, which requires students solve puzzles in order to open a locked box, draws heavily from "escape games". In an escape game, teams must work together to solve codes, riddles, puzzles, and locks in order to escape a room. In an elementary school setting, a Breakout EDU box teaches quick thinking, cooperation, and problem solving in addition to Ontario curriculum guidelines.
Participants who attended the event at Wilfrid Laurier University's Grand River Hall (The location of the BGNlab) were able to connect digitally with Game Jam events from the U.S., England, France, Guatemala, Japan, and a variety of other locations. Scott Nicholson aims to host another Game Jam next year in partnership with a local organization. This Game Jam would have a very different activity to enjoy, in addition to being a family-friendly event.
Breakout EDU's website features a number of games and templates, as well as the option to buy ready-made kits. Many of the activities they have created are available online free of charge and list the materials necessary to play.
To find out more about Breakout EDU, check out their website here.
Full news article by Mike Peeling: