Coaching an OGPC Team
Most of the OGPC team coaches are parents or teachers involved with technology education of middle and high school students. If you are interested in coaching a team but don’t have one to coach, please let us know and we can try to hook you up.
We will be holding OGPC coach training sessions concurrent with the OGPC Game Jams in Portland on March 10 and Eugene on March 17. The training will be held from 10am to 11:30am. Registration for the coach training is not required.
Important steps to consider if you coach a team
- Learn what’s involved in coaching a team from the recent OGPC coach workshops.
- Consider introducing your students to computer science using Game Maker or another platform either in class or as an after-school activity.
- Form one or more teams of three to seven high school or middle school students each.
- Register your team online. Note that the registration fee can be waived for teams with special circumstances - please inquire for more details.
- Have your students use the tutorials or one of the books to learn about game design and Game Maker. The Game Maker’s Apprentice by Jacob Habgood and Mark Overmars or Basic Game Design & Creation for Fun & Learning by Nanu Swamy.
- When the details of this year’s challenge are announced encourage your team(s) to start their project!
- Don’t forget to review all competition details on the OGPC Participation page.