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If you’re looking for a way to infuse game design, project-based learning and core competencies, such as collaboration, communication, and knowing how to work both independently and as a team into an English, Math, Science, Art, Social Studies, Tech or Zulama class that you are offering this year, Zulama Short Courses might be the perfect solution. These courses are 12-20 hours long, so they are generally taught over the course of 3 weeks. We designed the course content for Middle School students, but it can be directed towards students of all ages depending on skill level.
More than a few wonderful educators in our community teach Zulama Short Courses, including Chris Lucas at West Allegheny. We asked him a few questions about his experience:
I used the GameStar Mechanic Short Course as a supplement to my Game Design class. It worked really well. It gave me an opportunity to incorporate video game design principles along with the board games we were making. I liked how it was effective at giving the students a glimpse in video game design. They could put the principles we were learning in the course into practice.
How did your students react to the Short Courses?
The students loved the short course. They really enjoyed seeing how the principles we learned in the Game Design class correlated into building a video game. They also were able to submit their games to the STEM National Game Design Challenge.
What would you tell other teachers who are thinking of integrating Short Courses into their Middle School curriculum?
I think it would be great to incorporate into their Middle School curriculum. With each course being so short, the students would be able to get a glimpse into the different programs that will be offered at the high school. It would also give the students experience with the software they will be using in high school, so it may allow for them to get into more advanced concepts in the high school courses.
MassTLC Annual Celebration of Innovation Casts Spotlight on Executives, Companies and Innovative Technologies Across 16 Categories
CAMBRIDGE, MA–(Marketwired – Jul 20, 2016) – Leaders of the Massachusetts innovation community gathered last night at the Microsoft NERD Center for a reception at which the group announced finalists for the 2016 MassTLC Technology Leadership Awards. The awards shines a spotlight on the best of the region’s internationally respected tech industry in 16 categories.
“The Massachusetts tech community continues to be at the forefront of solving the world’s most vexing problems and creating businesses and technologies that are helping industries succeed and people thrive each day. The list of finalists for the 19th annual MassTLC Leadership Awards is proof that our region continues to produce industry leaders in important sectors such as healthcare, robotics, security and the Internet of Things. Each year I grow more impressed at the breadth and depth of talent, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit Massachusetts continues to generate,” said MassTLC President Tom Hopcroft.
Finalists were selected from hundreds of nominations, as judged by panels of industry leaders in each of the 16 categories who participated in the selection process. The pool of finalists will be further narrowed during the coming weeks. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 14, at the MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. More details, advance registration and sponsorship information are available at http://masstlcawards.org/.
Finalists in each of the 16 categories include:
About The Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc.
With 500+ member companies, the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region’s leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC’s purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests. More at www.masstlc.org
Through Real World Projects, the Zulama capstone internship course, students work as a design team to meet client expectations when designing a game for business, a nonprofit, or their school district. Take a look at how valued an internship experience can be for the community, the school, but most of all for the student.
Morabaraba is a mod of Nine Man Morris, a popular game featured in the Evolution of Games course. Morabaraba is a traditional game played in South Africa. Its game board is the same as the one used to play Nine Man Morris, with a tweak! In Morabaraba, each player is allowed three more “men,” or “cows” as the game pieces are called when playing Morabaraba, for a total of twelve cows for each player.
The rules for Morabaraba are very similar to Nine Man Morris. Each player alternatively places a “cow” on an intersection point (node) somewhere on the game board. Once all cows are placed on the game board, each player can slide a cow from one node to another, with each player limited to one move per turn. The idea is to take an opponent’s cow by forming a mill. A mill is three cows in a row along the length of one side of the game board.
In Morabaraba, a cow in an opponent’s mill cannot be taken unless all of an opponent’s cows are in mills. Moreover, a mill that is broken to form a new mill cannot be reformed on the next move. This rule offsets the ability for a player to continually capture an opponent’s cow just by moving one piece back and forth to form a continual series of mills.
The fly rule in Morabaraba kicks in when a player only has three cows left. The fly rule allows a player to fly a cow across the board to any space rather than be limited to sliding a cow from one node to another. A person wins the game when the opponent is left with only two cows.
The Morabaraba game board is easy to make. All you need is a paper and pencil! Game pieces can be as simple as coins or small, colorful rocks used in fish tanks. Play the game with family and friends. Change up the rules or mod the game board for an additional challenge!