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Life's a Game!

posted Aug 5, 2016, 1:55 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 9:38 AM ]
Welcome to CDAT!!!

Some of the most important things we want you to learn in CDAT are creativity, collaboration and communication, so we're starting you off with a fun project right away.  Projects are better when you can work together, and it's what ALL businesses want from an intern or employee.  We will be doing a LOT of projects, so let's get good at this. During this project you will learn about your Google Apps tools, try your first shot at working with a team, and delivering a great product.

Here's the challenge:

We have a pile of "stuff".  Your team will get to pick 2 items, and your team can contribute two more items from home or wherever.  Using the 4 items, you are to create a game, including written and clear rules of play, a name, a logo, and a poster.  There must be a way to score the most points, or win/lose.

Here's the timeline:

Day 1 - We will "kick off" the project on Wednesday, Aug. 10th for 9th graders, after the class meeting.  Most likely the class meeting is in the Theatre, and we will tell you where to go after that. We will then kick off the project to explain it and answer questions, then you go back to your Advisory room find out your teams.    
  • Goals for the day:  start the project, meet your team, get your items, brainstorm!    
  • How do you brainstorm?  Funny you should ask:
    • When you get your stuff, think!  Don't just jump into the conversation, not everyone is good at that type of thing. 
    • Everyone write 3 ideas down, then share them.
    • Comment on the aspects that you like, don't slam stuff.  Instead of saying "I don't like that" talk about what you prefer.
    • What other items can you bring?  *You cannot use an item for its original intent.  For example, you can't use a frisbee for throwing, a bat for hitting, etc.
Day 2 (Friday, August 12) - Goals for the day:  
  • Tasks to accomplish in the first 30 minutes:  
    • you need a clear, typed set of rules
    • draft a poster with name, logo and slogan, just done by hand (you will do a computer version in tech classes)
    • a game developed that can be played by others.

  • At 9:30, you will take turns playing each other's games.  Give feedback, receive feedback, on rules, the game, everything.  How can rules be more clear?  How do you need to fix your game so it's not too easy, not too hard?  What is the final size of your game (the playing area, targets, anything you are using)?

  • Plan Expectations:  
    • Fix/improve your game based on the feedback you've received.  Print up a final set of rules for Mr. Proffitt.   
    • Plan:
      • What should each person have done by the next Academy time?
        • Who is doing the poster?
        • Who is finalizing any part of the game?
        • Who is going to give all of the specific dimensions/sizes/scoring of the game to Mr. Martin?

Wednesday, August 17:
You will have 10 minutes to set up your game.  You will then receive a large number.  Why?  Because ALL of the CDAT 11th and 12th grade students are going to vote on your game!   There are 3 categories:  "Most fun to play!"  "Most Creative Game!" and "Most Professional Look".  

Common Questions:

Will we have time in class to work on this?   
You will definitely have time and support in your Tech classes on this project, and your teachers are ready to help.  Your other subject teachers may ask for updates, sharing, etc., but this depends on the time they have available to do so.  All teachers know your schedule, we all want to help you make great games.

Will we be graded on this?
Yes.  Your Tech teachers are actually using this to make sure you can use your Google Apps, and know how to use them well.  Please follow their directions well, because attention to detail matters!  Also, your other teachers are depending on your abilities for the rest of the year, so practice doing it right on this one!  They will also have grades from this, and will tell you about those in class.

Note:  this page outlines the project deadlines and goals, each of your teachers probably has a separate site with other assignments, notes and more.  Check those out too!