Kids of government workers were taught how to create their own video games in a fun and exciting summer workshop aimed at promoting computer literacy of Filipino children.
In a computer skills development workshop held from May 22 through 26, 2017, with the theme “Code Blocks Programming for Kids: Coding is Fun This Summer”, 70 kids had undergone a free tutorial on the basics of interactive game design and creation. It was held at the DOST VII S&T Complex in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.
This activity is a preliminary event to the upcoming DOST VII Regional Science and Technology Week on June 20-22, 2017 at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City.
Considering the time and budgetary constraints, admission of workshop participants were limited to less than a hundred, all of whom were children, from 8 to 12 years old, of government workers in various agencies at the National Government Center in the city.
The summer tutorial on the rudiments of video game creation enhances children’s computer literacy as kids were taught about the simple steps of code blocks programming in an exciting and engaging way of promoting game-based learning.
During the workshop, the participants learned the basic steps of creating their own inter-active video games. The steps include the development of ideas of the games to be created, the mapping out game design and game play sequence.
The activity was undertaken at the initiative of Engr. Royden Rusiana, Cebu Provincial Head of the Department of Information and Communication Technology 7 (DICT7) in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology VII (DOST VII).
Rusiana, a leading IT expert of DICT 7, together with his team, handled the five-day free tutorial. He is actively engaged in the advocacy for countryside development through digital literacy and computer training programs.