Dating back to the Victorian era, board games as we know them have been a popular form of entertainment for close to two centuries (though their roots stretch even further back in time). Sometimes seen these days as a low-tech version of computer-based games, board games have lots to offer within the realms of both entertainment and education. In addition to offering an exciting and engaging screen-free gaming experience, board games can encourage the development of essential thinking skills, as well as important content-area knowledge. From basic math skills to world geography, board games have much to offer – especially when daylight hours are short!
We are now officially full. However, a couple of people are just pencilled in right now and have not confirmed they will be attending, so it’s possible a few slots may open up so please register if you are interested. For payment on the registration choose ‘Mail In’ and wait until you hear from us if you’ve been assigned a slot before mailing us a check.
We’ll be back again this summer from August 3rd-7th and our online registration is now open at https://gamingweek.info/registration/
We’re limited to 20 slots again and we’ve heard from a number of kids that they plan to return this year so sign up soon if your heart is set on attending.
Also, FYI, our friend Ashley is running a camp the week following ours in the same location;
“At CodeMakers Club our goal is to have a first-look at how computer programs are made and experience what its like to think like a coder. We will learn the basics of programming (coding) through a series of short lessons and hands-on exercises designed to be fun and challenging.”
Sign up for more information at http://codemakers.club/
With more than 2 months before Gaming week all 22 slots are now filled. Most of the attendees are kids returning from last year which is a statement in itself. We’re very excited and looking forward to another fun filled week this August.
Note – Some people haven’t paid their deposits yet so drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the waiting list in case anyone drops out.
What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the words “Dungeons and Dragons”? Some guys covered in Cheeto dust, wearing glasses and wizard hats, sitting in their basements playing cards: a small contingent of devoted nerds?
That stereotype is changing.
Sales of tabletop games (including cards, board games, and role-playing games) at hobby stores have jumped 15 to 20 percent for the last three years in a row, according to a recent report from ICv2. In New York City, a few business owners are hoping to get gamers to their brick-and-mortar stores where people can play hundreds of games.
The owners of these businesses say people of all stripes are showing up to play: tatted up skaters, couples on a date, local librarians, college students, and even hardcore fans of Magic: The Gathering.
“Last month, Scientific American declared “…“not only is Minecraft immersive and creative, but it is an excellent platform for making almost any subject area more engaging.” A nod from a top science magazine to the game many parents wish their kids had never heard of. This, following Common Sense Media’s seal of approval. On the surface, it’s not so surprising. Something like 80% of five-to-eight year-olds play games and 97% of teens. Early simulations likeReader Rabbit are still used in classrooms to drill”
We will returning to Williamstown Elementary School this summer the week of August 4th – 8th. 9 AM – 4 PM
More Minecraft, More Board Games, More Challenges. It’s Gaming Week 2.0!
Also, we will be at the Williamstown Elementary School Camp Fair this Saturday March 22 from 9 AM – 12 PM with brochures. Swing by and pick one up and enjoy the WES PTO Pancake breakfast while you’re there.
We’ll have our website updated with new registration information by Saturday morning as well.
We haven’t picked the dates yet or signed any official forms yet but our plan is to do at least one week, maybe two, next summer, hopefully at the same location.
We had a blast and from what the attendees and parents told us, so did everyone else.
Stay tuned for more information, or drop us a line if you have specific questions.
Located at the Williamstown Elementary School, Williamstown, MA ( Williamstown Elementary School is not a sponsor or co-sponsor )
This fun-filled week will feature the popular networked computer game Minecraft®. We will include quick lessons on how to play Minecraft®, as well as team building/co-operative projects and daily challenges.