HungerCraft Game Jam
Nov 21 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
As the new film, “Hunger Games, Mocking Jay Part 2,” opens in theaters this week, kids are being invited to a free HungerCraft Game Jam Nov. 21.
Connected Camps, a benefit corporation, and Global Kids Inc, a nonprofit organization, are offering the event in an effort to get more youth interested in coding and social justice by playing the popular video game Minecraft.
“Minecraft is more than a game. It’s an environment that can teach problem solving, programming and social skills. It’s like LEGO, in a social, virtual world,” said Tara Tiger Brown, co-founder of Connected Camps.
As part of the game jam and in keeping with the “Hunger Games” movie theme, participants will will face challenges related to natural resource conflict, food distribution and inequality, said Ariam Mogos, of Global Kids.
“Youth will rebuild parts of the world of Panem, as either the Capital team or District 12 team, and engage in trade and negotiation,” Mogos added. “They have the power to decide what happens, whether that means perpetuating war or building peace. HungerCraft is a fantastic way for youth to explore the social justice issues they care about, using a tool that supports project-based learning.”
The HungerCraft Game Jam will commence at 11 a.m. online and in person at the New York City headquarters of Global Kids. Registration is required for the event. For more information, call Global Kids at 212-226-0130 or send email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, visit connectedcamps.com/shop/hungercraft-event.
Global Kids staff members and Connected Camps counselors will be facilitating the event.