Thursday, June 30, 2011

News: Rotherham students given an insight into the gaming industry


Students at a Rotherham secondary school have been given a first hand insight into the UK's videogames and interactive entertainment industry, one of the biggest in the world.

Games Britannia, a videogame festival project currently taking place at Brinsworth Comprehensive School in Rotherham, has also won the "Best use of ICT to support learning by a Secondary School" Award at the Education and Technology Conference 2011.

Games Britannia is the first week-long festival of its kind in secondary schools, bringing a fantastic collaboration of British videogame talent into the classroom and giving Rotherham students a unique insight into the skills, techniques and qualifications required for a successful career in the gaming industry.

The prize, presented by Professor Sugata Mitra of Newcastle University, is sponsored by Webanywhere Ltd and recognises an outstanding use of technology in the classroom to engage learners.

Speakers at the event include Steve Lycett of Sumo Digital, an independent game development studio based in Sheffield, who has worked on games for SEGA including big name franchises such as OutRun, Virtua Tennis and Sonic and Sega's All-Star Racing.

Also taking part in the festival is a former student of Brinsworth Comprehensive School, Ritchie Moore. He is currently teaching games development at Sheffield College having previously worked as an artist in the games industry during which time he worked on prestigeous titles such as John Daley's Prostroke Golf and DJ Hero 2.

Mark Hardisty, co-ordinator of the event said: "I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Brinsworth Comprehensive School and the Games Britannia team who have worked very hard to design and deliver this unique event.

"This recognition is very flattering and demonstrates the value of videogames in providing an innovative and inspiring learning experience for students. I hope we can provide an even bigger and better event in 2012."

Games Britannia website


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