Characters Have Traits

Lesson objectives Understand how characters have traits, skills, and objectives Think about one’s own traits, skills, and objectives Make a plan to improve a skill Socioemotional learning objectives Responsible Planful Worksheet (2 pages) Empty toilet paper rolls Craft paper or construction paper Scissors Glue or double-sided tape Googly eyes Decorative materials (e.g., pipe cleaners, feathers, … Read more

Teams Play Games

Lesson objectives Understand the need for teamwork in gaming Think about strategies to be a good teammate Socioemotional learning objectives Cooperative Planful Responsible Worksheet Internet-connected device Gather campers together and remind them that playful gamers are cooperative What are some challenges of working on a team? Is it harder when you’re playing a game on … Read more

Games Have Puzzles

Lesson objectives Understand the types of escape room puzzles Describe basic principles for escape room puzzles Practice building puzzles Socioemotional learning objectives Planful Creative Worksheet (5 pages) Scissors Fasteners Example puzzle boxes Review that escape games are made of puzzles, and that puzzles have pieces that reveal new information when assembled Because we are planful … Read more

Games Have Resources

Lesson objectives Define an escape game Describe what makes escape games fun Understand the definition of a puzzle Describe what makes a good puzzle Understand iterative development· Engineering design objective Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem Socioemotional learning objectives Planful Creative Example escape games Giant sticky note Materials for game boxes Large … Read more

Games Tell Stories

Lesson objectives Consider the importance of stories in games Practice telling a story Socioemotional learning objectives Creative Planful Worksheet (2 pages) What is your favorite story in a game? Many games have stories that determine your path to your objective. Stories in games help us learn about the world of the game and experience emotions … Read more

Games Have Characters

Lesson objectives Introduce leadership roles Discuss characteristics of a good leader Understand the role of characters in games Think about how both how we appear and what’s inside us influences how others see us Socioemotional learning objectives Responsible Planful Cooperative Leadership role poster Leadership badges Blank sheets of paper with a playful trait on the … Read more

Games Have 5 Elements

Lesson objectives Feel welcomed to camp Understand the camp experience Identify as a game designer Establish camp rules Understand levels and achievements Define a game Define the 5 elements of games Engineering design objectives Define the criteria and constraints of the escape game design problem Socioemotional learning objectives Welcoming Planful Cooperative Responsible Creative Camp and … Read more