OGPC Game Jam and Coach Training

Game Jams are a chance to learn about creating a game in a fun environment. Stretch your creative muscles by playing games that force you to come up with design ideas. Then eat some pizza and learn about this year’s theme for OGPC.

Coaches, come with your teams to learn how OGPC works (or what is changing this year) and network with other coaches.

The Oregon Computer Science Teacher’s Association has a special offer for anyone who attends the coach training at a Game Jam. In recognition and support of your efforts to provide opportunities for students they will reimburse you for the cost of registering ALL your teams (normally $50 a team). 

When and where?

2016 Game Jams will be held November 19th at the following locations:

  • Sherwood High School (Sherwood)
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland) – Hosted by Make+Think+Code
  • Lane Community College – Downtown Campus (Eugene)
  • Cascades Academy (Bend)

Registration is now open:

Registration is free, but ESSENTIAL for us to make sure we can plan for food, materials and support. (Not every team member has to register, a coach can simply report how many people plan on attending.) Please register here:

Game Jam Registration on Eventbrite

Paper prototyping

What to expect:

The schedule at Game Jam will look something like this:

9:45
Checkin
10:00
Intro and announcements
10:15
Game Brainstorming Activities (students)
Coaches introduction and round table (coaches)
11:30
Lunch
12:00
Theme Reveal for Season 10
12:15
Team brainstorming
1:00
Head home and start developing!

What do I need to bring?

Preparing for the OGPC Game Jam is easy: just show up! Ideally participants will attend as a team and use the Game Jam to learn more about game design and kickoff their own design process for the OGPC Main Event.

Game Jam is not about programming! You do not need to bring a laptop. You will not be learning Game Maker, Java, C#, or anything related to computer programming. Game design and software development professionals often use “low-fidelity” techniques in the early stages to test and explore ideas before translating into a computer program, and that’s exactly what you’ll be learning at the OGPC Game Jam.

What if I’m not part of a team or I’m the only one who can come?

Just sign up and join the event!  We will be mixing up groups for the brainstorming activities, so not having a team with you won’t mean you are working alone all day.