Sunday, February 19, 2017
Did you try Bloxels yet?
Have you heard of a hands-on game for kids to experiment, build, and learn through video game creation and at the same time acquire computer science skills? Bloxels will provide all of these experiences for students. While students are creating their own video games, they are engaged, collaborating, and acquiring crucial skills that will help them be successful in their future.
Bloxels is a game that uses a game board and the Bloxels app, which can be found at the Apple Store, or Google Play store. It will allow students to build, capture, design, play and share their video games. Additionally, students can create a game or room layouts, pixel art, animations, backgrounds, and characters. Bloxels is considered to be a platformer game which similar to Mario Brothers by Nintendo.
This game will expose students to many computer science concepts such as coding, problem solving, critical thinking, logical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, and provide them with innovative opportunities. Applying these skills are very important in today's society and will be beneficial throughout their lives, especially in the job market when they graduate from school.
What's included in the box set?
The game board is a physical board that has 13 rows x 13 columns, for a total of 169 boxes or rooms. It also comes with 9 different colored cubes where each color represents a different purpose. See the chart below.
Create an Account
In order for students to utilize this platform, they will need to download the app to their device and create an account. I recommend that the students create an account so that they can save their progress. The teacher or parent will receive an email to confirm the account. Once this is completed, students can save their progress to their account. If an account is not created, the students can still create and build, however they will be in guest mode, where the progress is not saved.
Let's Get Started