Archive for November, 2018

Digital game design workshop this Saturday

November 28, 2018 Leave a comment

The Games for Change Student Challenge is a game design competition that challenges students to learn simple game design while also learning about community issues.

In the challenge, middle-school and high-school students use simple game engine software such as Scratch, Unity 3D, Snap!, Gamesalad and others to create digital games. They then use these game platforms to build interactive games that incorporate a community issue, such as aging or the environment.

This Saturday, Dec. 1, students are invited to Georgia Tech for a Game Jam, a workshop that will introduce beginning concepts in game design and civic engagement. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required.

The Game Jam can help students gets started in the Games for Change competition, which will accept student submissions from February 1 to April 1, 2019. For the competition, students can work individually or in teams of up to four people.

Established in New York in 2015, the Games for Change Student Challenge will operate this year in four U.S. cities: New York, Atlanta, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

Stargazing and fossils at Tellus this weekend

November 13, 2018 Leave a comment

This week’s cloudy skies are expected to clear on Friday, just in time for a night in the observatory at Tellus Museum. The museum will host Sky Watch on Friday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. Using a 20-inch telescope, visitors will look for a double star, the Snowball nebulae, and the Andromeda galaxy. Cost is $5. (This gets you into the observatory only; the museum will be closed.) If the weather is rainy or cloudy, check the museum web site to see if the event is canceled.

Then on Saturday, rain or shine, Tellus will offer a paleontology workshop for ages 8 and up, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The workshop will teach fossil identification and how to tell geologic time. Cost is $15 for museum members, $30 for non-members. You must register in advance by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Categories: Enrichment