Some lucky students at Mt. Vernon High School recently received a dream assignment: “develop an arcade game and convert it into an interactive computer program.” The students in the Introduction to Computer Science class were instructed to create a cardboard arcade game and interface it with computer programs (Makey Makey and Scratch) that score and interact with the player. The students were able to utilize their individual Google Chromebooks for this project.
But that’s not the end of the assignment… Tuesday and Thursday of this week the students, also known as the arcade inventors, will meet some young (mock) investors from the Entrepreneurship Class and simulate the popular “Shark Tank” television show. The “Sharks” in the Entrepreneurship Class used their Google Chromebooks to make real time value estimations for their offers, and keep track of relevant questions regarding marketing, sales and development.
Mt. Vernon High School Principal, Bernie Campbell, states “Integrating students into the innovation of technology is a key example of the quality academic excellence Mt. Vernon High School provides. The students use their creativity developing a game that is relevant to them, and acquire the technology skills to make it practical. The real life simulation of soliciting a product to a group of buyers will be a valuable experience these students won’t forget.”