Queen City High School Game Jam Recap

Written by ITWNY Board Memeber, Michelle Kavanaugh from WNY STEM


The Queen City High School Game Jam Powered by AT&T to Provide Students a Hands on Experience Making Video Games that address Social Good.  

The Buffalo Game Space, Buffalo Public Schools, InfoTech WNY, WNY STEM Hub and AT&T have partnered to create The Queen City High School Game Jam Powered by AT&T, the region’s first high school game jam, offering a unique opportunity for local public high school students interested in learning what it takes to make a video game and gain a new technological skill for free. 

This applied educational experience is designed to introduce and encourage more students to follow along a technology or STEM career path. The event will challenge teams of high school students from Hutchinson Central Technical High School, City Honors School, Computing Academy of Technology Sciences at Bennett, Leonardo da Vinci High School, Wesllsville High School and an all-female team consisting of members of the year-long It’s Your World! Develop It! 

Game Jam was a huge success!  The excitement was palpable. Six teams completed the Jam late Saturday night with support from volunteer gaming experts, coders, musicians and artists. 

WNY STEM had a group of girls that developed a three-level game called SAKI's City (SAKI is an acronym for the first letter of each girl's name). The task is to sort top-down items falling into the City park scene by depositing them into a compost pile, a community food cupboard, a recycling bin or a trash can. An incorrect sort warrants a pop-up Mayor wagging his finger in admonition and saying in baritone, "Uh-uh-uh". Level 2 and 3 increase the number of top down items.  The strategy for winning is to get other people meandering in the park to assist in sorting to clean up the park.  WNY STEM hopes to demo this project at the Dec 8 "Girls Success Code" event (9-10:30AM).



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