Over the school holidays, we ran our Rural and Regional Game Jam and Virtual Indigenous Art Holiday Program in partnership with The Lab and the Koorie Academy of Excellence, respectively. Our Project Coordinators tell us all about the programs below!
Rural and Regional Game Jam
Over the course of a week, the 20 participants had the opportunity to produce their own game system comprising of a handheld console, the game to play on it, and the packaging to market it with. As this is a Game Jam, we weren’t expecting much more than a loose concept and some rough sketches, but we were blown away by how well the games came together! It was great to see everyone engaging and excitedly discussing their games. In the coming weeks, we will begin to energise our manufacturing facilities so we can get their designs off the screen and into their hands. – Michael Wilson
Virtual Indigenous Art Holiday Program
This program was co-designed and co-facilitated with the Koorie Academy of Excellence, Wemba Wemba Aboriginal artist, Emma Bamblett, and the Department of Education and Training. During the workshops, Emma mentored students’ cultural journeys through sharing her own story, knowledge and arts practice. Our Tech School staff then ran digital design sessions to allow the young people to build their tech skills and develop their own personal digital artworks. Students’ artworks and stories will be displayed in an upcoming virtual exhibition, which will be launched during NAIDOC Week (8-15 November 2020). Both staff and students had an incredible time, learning together as part of culturally-meaningful program that is just the start of many wonderful collaborations. – Vhairi Mackintosh
Both virtual exhibitions will be launched on our Student Inspiration page and social media platforms in the coming months.