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MAGICAL’S Magos meets MIT’s MaKey MaKey

One of the highlights at the GALA 2014 Summer School held recently in Pori, Finland, was a special half-day workshop devoted to game making. This event was run by a team from the MAGICAL project, which is investigating the potential of digital game making for enhancing learning in primary and lower secondary schools.

MAGICAL Magos MaKey-MaKey Master's

makey makey & Magos

To mark the conclusion of MAGICAL classroom experiments in Italy, ITD-CNR held a special event at the Deledda International School (DIS) in Genoa, Italy: the MAGICAL Magos MaKey-MaKey Master’s. Over 40 lower secondary students took part in this end-of-school-year challenge to construct a novel computer control device replacing the conventional mouse and keyboard.

MAGICAL field tests in full swing

MAGICAL field testing is currently in full swing, with game-making activities taking place in primary and lower secondary schools across Europe. Teachers and students in Finland, Greece and Italy have been using the Magos Lite platform to make learning games both at school and at home. And so far they've constructed 1200 games! The first reactions from both groups appear to be very positive. The kids are taking to game making with real enthusiasm, and teachers are impressed by the engagement and motivation that the activities are generating among all their students.

Testing MaKey MaKey with Magos Lite

Yesterday our after school game club participants were introduced to the world of Makey Makey. In brief, MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. With MaKey MaKey you can turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the Internet. Our game club participants made their own custom game controllers in order to play games created with Magos Lite game creation tool. Watch a YouTube video: http://youtu.be/yc3lYnZWoVE

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