In September, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and The Holler teamed up with Open Box Apps for a K-8 game design challenge. Students from across the region submitted applications identifying the type of game they wished to create, thematic elements, story ideas, character descriptions, storyboards and graphics of their newly imagined worlds.
Jesse Adams of Pikeville Independent Elementary, Luke Lockard and Jay Moon from Johns Creek Elementary and Connor Crumb from Paintsville Elementary are finalists in the contest. Open Box Apps has opened up voting on their website, and we encourage you to head on over and watch the students pitch their ideas. Each project has a short video pitch of the creators talking about their projects. The winner of the competition will work with Open Box Apps to bring their games to life and publish them to mobile app stores.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our youngest learners to see themselves as developers of technologies that they already use. Its important that their first experience with the development end of technology be creative and story-based to spark their long-term interests.” -Paul Green, Appalachian Technology Institute (ATI)
The winning game will be on display at KVEC’s FIREsummit held at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, KY on April 12, 2017.