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Moore junior high students create video gifts

Eighth-graders at Central Junior High in Moore, Oklahoma, asked Plaza Towers Elementary students about their favorite cartoon characters, then designed videos games for them.
By Nasreen Iqbal, Staff Writer Modified: May 15, 2014 at 10:04 am •  Published: May 15, 2014

Central Junior High Room 935 was abuzz on Wednesday as eighth-graders showed Plaza Towers Elementary students the captivating creations they had made just for them.

Keybords clicked, computer mouses scrolled and cameras rolled in the classroom where junior high video design students showed the younger ones the video games they had imagined, designed, coded and brought to life.

The students used coding and frame animation on the design programs Scratch and Game Factory 2 to create their projects. While using the emerging technology might seem daunting to some adults, the eighth-graders said anyone can learn the skills.

“Our teacher taught us a lot, but honestly if you have a computer, you can teach yourself just by doing a little research,” said Dylan Zuza, 13. “It’s a little hard at first, but soon you’ll get the hang of it. The most important thing is that you are creative and have a sense of adventure.”

Learning life lessons

The trendy class was designed and approved by Moore school administrators about four years ago, said John Davidson, instructural technology coordinator.

“All high schools and this junior high in Moore offer this class to students,” class instructor Victor Rook said.

“The idea was to use video games, something they are passionate about, as a vehicle through which they can learn everything — the math that puts the game together, the art that brings it to life and the literature that allows them to tie it all together and tell a story,” Rook said.

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