When I came back from the STEM education conference last year with a plan for setting up the Maine Game, I honestly could not have predicted where the club is today. We have accomplished a lot through our collective hard work, determination, and ability to come together for a common goal. I am exponentially proud of all the members of the club and camp that have passed through my classroom doors since April 2014.
Now I look forward to the doors of the Maine Discovery Museum exposing many more technology-minded teens (and younger) to what we have accomplished. I wish I could be a fly on the wall as kids coming in to the museum come into our little corner on the 3rd floor and explore our 6 space based games on the 4 machines we have provided. Instead, I’ll tap into our 2 in-house analytic systems that we built for our games and see how many times each game was played and what was done as during gameplay. The Maine Game Club has really accomplished something special this summer and I didn’t even mention our camp* 🙂
Next, we’re looking to expand. There’s a need for students to learn computer science and digital art in a fun, engaging, collaborative and rigorous way
and the Maine Game Club has the curriculum, staff, and track record to do it. We have had multiple individuals, schools, and organizations ask for a “Maine Game” to be more accessible to students that they support. We are very close to making that next step a reality. Luckily, we have a lot of great resources at our fingertips at United Technologies Center to help guide us through the next steps.
We have a very bright future in front of us.
As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.
*The camp is doing very well. The camp members have quickly learned the fundamentals of making video games and have already made 3+ games on their own and we’re only half way done!