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ISTE 2017: Bloxels Turns Kids Into Game Developers [video]

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Bloxels made the short list of amazing things our 9 year old ed tech reporter saw at ISTE 2017.  She got a chance to create a game with the Bloxels team and interview co-founder Josh Stevens.

Bloxels is one of those educational games/activities that has an actual physical play/design space along with an app to go along with it. It’s a product of St. Louis based edtech startup Pixel Press.  The company was founded on the idea of creating game experiences for both sides of the brain the analytical left side and the creative right side. Robin Rath, Daniel Wiseman, Josh Stevens, and Rob Bennet are the founders of the company.

MathBRIX_banner ISTE 2017: Bloxels Turns Kids Into Game Developers [video]Similar to the way Osmo is on and off line. Kids take the Bloxels board and create a game world. Then they take a picture with the app. Next they create their hero, take another picture and get going.

While most people can already see the value in Bloxels, it’s an amazing way to instill STEAM initiatives. Kids are learning critical thinking, coding, programming, app design, game design, and a little math as they work out the kinks of their game.

Bloxels uniquely unlocks students’ innate creativity by leveraging something they love: video games. Students can play fun games and channel their creative potential as they gain greater understanding of important topics like design logic, and computer science and demonstrate their knowledge of history, science and mathematics and more through the games they create.” the company says on their website.

With Bloxels no two video games are exactly alike. When the kid gets bored with the game they’ve created, they simply make another game. It’s that easy. It’s popular with kids aged 10-16 but co-founder Josh Stevens says there are plenty of adults using Bloxels. Not only is it fun it’s also very reminiscent of 16 bit video games of  years past.

In Bloxels each colored block represents something like green is land/grass, blue is water, and red is lava. Kids can make the games as easy or as hard as they want, building them from the ground up.

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