Over 1 million dollars invested in getting games into the classroom… digital games that is. “Pupils will learn from video game designers and computer experts how to design and build their own video games, produce custom websites, podcast, blog, record and edit short films and connect with technology in a way that is both meaningful and productive”. This is great! Learning how to build games improves a lot of ones skills.
It makes you think creatively. It makes you think mathematically. It makes you think analytically. It improves your writing skills. I can go on! Of course these children will not be making the next AAA title game and the games will probably not look the greatest either. But simple graphics are a good thing and simple games may seem simple at first glance, but I bet there will be a lot of hard work involved.
Remember, the goal is not to make a great game, but to get the students using a whole bunch of skills to make any game! I hope this catches on across the border too and into Canada. I am happy to see what Chicago is doing and curious to see if any other cities are looking at having children create digital games in the classroom.