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Kids, Kodu, and GameTech

Published October 04, 2016 21:23

Want to give your kids an edge in our ever evolving world of technology? Check out Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs’ GameTech after-school program. Funded by Microsoft, GameTech teaches kids at our Martin Avenue Club about video game design. Canada’s video game industry is growing, so game developers are in high demand. Creativity, problem solving, and teamwork are just three of many skills game development enhances.

In our technology centre, computers are equipped with KODU, a software that teaches kids basic programming for PC and Xbox games. Kids decided they wanted to work in teams to develop the stories and gameplay of their original games. They learned the importance of compromise as they incorporated various ideas into their work. KODU was showcased to the public at an interactive open house event.

We are incredibly grateful for Microsoft’s generosity. They have been a major sponsor in the past, donating $317 500 in software to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. It has been a privilege to build on the resources provided to us by Microsoft and we hope to continue to build great futures with them!

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