Northwest Gamers Bring Holiday Stories to Life

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“Every video game begins with a story,” Lori Heavey told her third graders at Northwest Elementary School to begin a seasonal technology activity in the days before the holiday break. 

Students wrote holiday stories, then created video games based upon these stories using the Bloxels app on mini iPads. Ms. Heavey explained the essential components of video games including a hero, a villain and obstacles. The young programmers were able to select their characters, background, coins and other features to make custom games on the touchscreen devices. Games also had to include story boxes that related back to each student’s original writing piece.