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Clover Gaming Connection A Game design Experience Unlike AnY other

Clover Gaming Connection is an experience that fosters critical thinking, creativity, competition and collaboration which inspires confidence and empowers youth to design their gaming (board, card and/or video) ideas unlike any other learning experience available to youth today.
Through hands-on learning, youth will learn what it takes to make a successful board, card, or video game.

With a hybrid of in-person and online learning events, youth in grades 7th-12th will explore:

  • Elements of Game Design
  • Mechanics and Logic
  • Creativity and Artistry
  • Entrepreneurship of Gaming
  • Careers in the Gaming Industry

Board and Card Games Become a Laboratory for Learning

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR OUR JULY EVENT! CHECK BACK HERE FOR MORE EVENTS COMING THIS FALL!

Check out our recap video from our Science of Games event this past March. Hosted at the Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers, IN. Thanks to the Indiana 4-H Foundation for helping us with our event!

Feedback from our participant's families:
  • “Thank you for offering this event to the kids. It's always great to expand the children's experience.”
  • “Hopefully it will keep her excitement to to continue to create things and keep her inspired to make a dream to reach for. Thank you for your continued dedication to our children and their future.”
  • “I love that it can tie learning into their love of games. My boys love to engineer things and learn how everything works. So I'm sure this will fall right into that, impacting the way they look at games.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT CLOVER GAMING CONNECTION

EXPLORING GAME MECHANIC TOPICS LIKE:

  • Roll & Move - decision making
  • Area Control - spatial awareness & anticipatory thinking
  • Dice Rolling - probability & statistics
  • Set Collection - mathematics & memory building
  • Route/Network Building - goal setting & planning
Games like Sagrada, seen in this picture, help teach Dice Drafting, Set Collection, and Pattern Building.
The game of Flatline is where youth learn about Cooperative Game Play with a little bit of press your luck strategy!

SCIENCE OF GAMES WORKSHOPS: YOUTH PUT THEIR LEARNING INTO ACTION BY DESIGNING THEIR OWN GAME

Learning About the Hero's Journey in Game Design
Teamwork to Make Game Ideas into Prototypes

“Makes me appreciate all that time and artwork in the games I play.”

“It is interesting to be able to think about and relate what you learn while you are playing the game.”

“I now know that there are strategies. I have an idea for a board game.”

Teams work together to create their own escape room puzzles and story to keep their players motivated to keep playing!
Gaming is a reality that many youth thrive in and can positively impact their future

Future Careers in Game Development

  • Coding
  • Computer Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Animators
  • Architect
  • Drafter
  • Artist
  • Mathematician
  • Physicist
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Learning & Instructional Design
  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Sound/Audio Engineer
  • Story teller
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Game Tester
  • Tech Support Specialist
  • Producers
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Specialist

Interested in supporting Clover Gaming Connection? Contact Malea Huffman at huffmanm@purdue.edu

Credits:

Thanks to Hamilton and Greene counties 4-H Clover Gaming Clubs for photos. Pixabay photos free use under Creative Commons. No attribution required.

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