Wellington-based game development team GameFroot has not allowed the Level Four lockdown to discontinue their work.
NCEA accredited and used by schools around the country, GameFroot have been working hard to allow school children to continue to use their products while in isolation. Last weekend, Dan Milward, the GameFroot team’s founding member, created an entirely new website for young game developers – including a resource dedicated to learning about COVID-19.
“The original intention of GameFroot was to make it easier to find engaging activities that could be used both inside and outside the classroom for children that want to learn about game development. Some schools, including Newlands Intermediate, even have Coding Clubs – game development has been such a big hit with all ages, it’s not just teens. Now that we’re all in isolation we’re seeing a lot of engagement with the new website – over 200GBs of data transfer in the past few days! It’s imperative to us that we keep connecting with these young learners, and provide them with good, creative resources,” says Dan Milward.
The website offers both beginner and more advanced level games. With six beginner games to choose from, the website then takes you onto more advanced game development, with tutorials regarding industry design and publishing.
“GameFroot wanted to offer kids a chance to learn, but through games. Through tweaking a game and learning about COVID-19 in a way that they might understand, kids often don’t even realise how many skills they’re picking up about game development,” says Milward.
GameFroot is funded and endorsed by Te Papa, The Ministry of Education, Te Puni Kokiri, CORE Education and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.