School of Communications to Host Game Jam Technology Event
September 03, 2021
A unique half-day event is set for Saturday, Sept. 4, on Webster University's main campus, pairing off-duty St. Louis County Police officers with fifteen at-risk youth for a "game jam," where they will work together to build video games using Bloxels. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement after completing their game.
The Bloxels app requires no coding experience to create a complete game, and emphasizes storytelling as part of the process. Game jams are a popular way to learn game development, and increasingly, game jams are virtual, online activities.
School of Communications Assistant Professors Matt Burton and Chris Sagovac will share information about coding and animation, along with guest speakers from Gateway Global and CyberUp who will discuss other technology career fields.
"We wanted to do this event to help facilitate building bridges between these two groups and also create a bond over learning something new, providing exposure to exciting and relevant technology in a fun way," said Burton.
- St. Louis County Police
- Careers and Pathways Through Law Enforcement (C.A.P.L.E.)
- Police Athletic League (PAL)
- Gateway Global American Youth & Business Alliance Academies Inc.