Over the past few weeks, Mr. Droke’s first grade class has learned the basics of game design and programming using the iPad application Sketch Nation Studio. This application allowed the boys to choose from five different templates to make their own game. Then, they drew the different elements of the game including the player, platforms, power ups, enemies and a background. The boys loved developing their own game and sharing their work with their friends. After the boys had a chance to play everyone’s game, we took time to make a list of all of the awesome things about the games they had made. This let the boys complement and reflect on their own work and the work of their peers. This project gave the class an opportunity to develop their creativity and innovation skills by focusing on introductory programming, problem-solving, critical thinking and design. Click here to view the photos.