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Build Your Own Board Game Flex Class

ARI Learning by Carly Filewich Inclusive & Social!
Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(557)
Board Games are so popular! Build your own tabletop game. This project-based learning will enable learners to delve into the mechanics of board games and how they work together.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Beginner Level
4 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Board Games: Intro to terms
Let's talk board games. Which ones do you play the most, which ones do you like, what would you change? What makes them complicated, what makes them too easy? Details, details. Play as many as you can and identify what each game is about. Tokens, dice, spinners, maps, etc. Let's find out what all these things mean. This week will be an introduction to terms and components. Assignment: Let's take a simple game and modify it.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Theory and Theme/Goals
We dig a bit deeper into Board Game Design theory and get ready to design! Assignment: This week, with the templates provided, you will begin to work on a basic turn based game. You will decide on your theme and goal of the game.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
We talk about the importance of playtesting and prototyping. If you have completed your initial design, this is the week to try it out. I will post my own prototype (not complete, rough draft) board game and invite you to try it and use the playtest feedback form. Assignment: You will receive a check list to find the strong and weak points in the design and to get playtesting feedback.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Review and Refine
Review your game, what did you discover? Keep working on it, perhaps you are still deciding mechanisms and structure or you are into the art aspect of design. This week I will get into a bit of higher level game design theory and what makes a more complex game tick. I will leave you with some ideas on what your next step might be in board game design (one page games) and a more complex template.
Students will use writing, logical reasoning, drawing or computer drawing skills and basic math to work out how to create a simple board game that is uniquely their own. 

*This class applies to the curricular requirements for Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 6 B.C. Grade 1-6 and directly relates to B.C. Curricular Competencies for ELA Grades 1-6 under Comprehend and connect (reading, listening, viewing) Create and communicate (writing, speaking, representing).
🎲Instructor: Ms. Yvonne, BMus. McGill University.  Hi! I'm a Metis artist, musician and micro-farmer.  My experiences range from 10 years with IBM as a field tech to professional musician.  I am a songwriter and a homeschooling mum of two kids and my current obsession is board game design.  I believe that child-led project based learning is the key to engagement.  As an ND learner myself and a parent of an ND child, I believe connection and relationship are the first step in education.  PBL or Project Based Learning allows us to incorporate all sorts of learning in one fun bundle of exploration.  
Homework Offered
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Paper, pens, dice, paperclay or salt dough to make placemarkers, colouring tools, computer for design in software such as gimp or inkscape/photoshop or illustrator if you already have those skills. This class is intended for handmade board games but if you know how to use the software, go right ahead.  
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Adam in Wales (Youtube)
Board Game Design lab (podcast youtube and website)

Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(557)
Learners who join this community will experience spaces where they can be themselves, learn cool stuff, do interesting work, and meet fun people. We are an organization of homeschooling parents, unschoolers and teachers who work as a team to... 
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for 4 weeks
4 weeks

Completed by 5 learners
No live video meetings
Ages: 11-16

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