The Design & Technology Academy (DATA) at Roosevelt High School hosted their 3rd annual computer games creation competition, DATACON 2017 on April 1. Students from elementary, middle and high schools from throughout North East ISD displayed and highlighted their games for a crowd of more than 300 attendees. The crowds played the innovative games that the school teams created.
There were three winners each for the two competition levels, Elementary/Middle and High School. The categories that were judged were Code Ninja, Game Appeal, and Booth Presentation. The Judges were Joseph Vidal, Joe Guerra, and James Manley who was representing San Antonio's MakerSpace 10-bit works. The code ninja category was judged on code complexity, algorithmic novelty, and code efficiency. Game Appeal was based on aesthetic appeal, narrative creativity, and playability. Booths were judged on aesthetic appeal and the intertwining of code and art.
In the elementary school competition, Olmos Elementary School's team Next Gen Gamer won Code Ninja while Colonial Hills Elementary School's Hansel captured the award for Game Appeal and Stahl Elementary School's Data Noobs won for their booth.
In the middle and high school competition, Johnson High School’s team, Lampshade Innovations won the Code Ninja category, and the DATA middle school’s 6th grade team won for game appeal and their Datatech team won for their booth presentation.
The attendees not only played the games, but they voted on their favorites as People’s Choices. The People’s Choice awards went to Stahl’s DATA Noobs and DATA Midde School’s Cyberpatriots team.
The impetus for DATACON is to demonstrate the importance of coding for the future through the various student-designed games. Teachers, parents, grandparents, students, and other participants praised The Design & Technology Academy at Roosevelt High School for showcasing this educational platform for 21st century learning through the students’ imagination and capabilities.
Posted on 04/03/2017