I thought this may be an interesting thing for folks at BGG. The camp is occurring this summer in Ann Arbor. Please posts thoughts, perspectives, similar experiences, or ideas on how to make this as fun as it can be!
Collaborateurs is a new summer experience for 12 - 17 year olds. Participants will design, build, share, and sell a physical game. Don't feel limited by the word "physical" - physical games are not limited to Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit. These games can build stories, create narratives, include amazing artwork, design abstract puzzles, pull data from the environment in unique ways, even involve biology or bacteria or all kinds of other stuff that hasn't yet been tried. Making great games does not just mean sitting in front of a computer screen watching even fancier graphics or using even more expensive game controllers - we can integrate our ideas into the actual world around us. We're working with Brain Monkeys, Maker Works, and other amazing members of the Ann Arbor community to help participants develop their game ideas, or collaboratively create new ones. At a minimum, participants will create a game prototype to show off at the Detroit Maker Faire and share with local game professionals in July. They may even create a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-source fund their game and sell a few units. Or they might compete in the Chicago Game and Toy's Young Inventor's Challenge!
We want this experience to be completely open source, so the camp will be fully documented so that it can be replicated elsewhere. There's a lot of great work being done in education, games, and gamifiction right now - with the NY and Chicago Quest to Learn schools leading the way, but lots of independent game designers, community activists, and game enthusiasts doing a wide variety of cool and valuable stuff. See this post for a good description of one perspective on what the intersection of games and education looks like. We hope to take a small but awesome part in this budding movement.
If you'd like to play games with participants, help them develop their ideas, or help us document the experience, please sign up as a volunteer.
Or better yet, if you're between the ages of 12 - 17, sign up as a participant!
Any other thoughts, ideas, questions, or hare brained schemes can be emailed to greg (at) austic labs dot com .