β€œBeam Team”

A Collection of Digital Games & Devices

By Chris, Miles, Emeli, Axel, Steve, Diego, Anthony, Victor, Camila, Ibette, Kalea, Catherine, Tim, Eric, Alex, Miles, Sam

Middle School Students from Beam Center

About this project:

Game Stations//

On the Beam Team Hub glitch site, you'll find a variety of content and resources that I brought together to offer the Beam Team while they are home during COVID-19.

On the Index page, you'll find images and GIFs of hand-made game controllers that they test-used to play Pac Man tournaments, and images of the Beam Team building sprites out of clay and constructing their final game stations (which they never had an opportunity to finish). All games and game stations were designed by students with the intention of creating positive interactive gaming experiences for all ages. They were challenged to incorporate a personal narrative or interest into their game and then design the specific ways that game-players physically interact with that interface.

Under PLAY OUR GAMES, you'll find links to a selection of the Beam Team Scratch games that were intended to be played within their game stations using Raspberry Pi's on a miniature screen.

Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year (through March), students learned how build mechanical controllers using copper tape and Hall Effect sensors, connect their games to an Arcade simulator using Arduino Leonardos, design and animate sprites using Sculpey, block-code Scratch games, and use drills, saws, and other hand tools to build unique physical infrastructure.

If we had continued our projects, they would have learned how to connect their games to motors, LEDs, fans, vibration motors and other outputs using the Raspberry Pi GPIO in order to build interactive elements into the game experience.

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