The “No One Left Behind” project, co-funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), will guide school children in developing educational games themselves, with the aim of linking gaming to the wider curriculum.
The project is driven by the challenge of many pupils leaving school with no meaningful job skills, at risk of exclusion and not reaching their full potential.
Using a non-leisure gaming “toolkit”, students ages 8-17 will be able to program and design games for mobile devices linked to subjects such as science, maths, history and languages – effectively developing and adapting the learning material themselves – as well as enhancing their computer proficiency, creativity and social skills.
Project partners will adapt the mobile programming platform “Pocket Code”, developed at Austria’s Graz University of Technology, for academic curricula. Pocket Code allows users to create games, animations and interactive music videos directly on their smartphone or tablet. No One Left Behind will initially be piloted in five schools and tested by 600 pupils across up to 12 subjects in Austria, Spain and the United Kingdom, before being rolled out more widely.
No One Left Behind also aims to have a real impact in the European gaming and educational ecosystem, by allowing European leisure gaming SMEs to observe students’ educational development first-hand, exploring face-to-face the connections between gameplay and education. The project will also enable dialogue and collaboration between applied research disciplines (social, pedagogy, serious games, etc.) and digital games industry players. In addition, No One Left Behind will support effectiveness in digital game-making environments by adjusting and optimising game making software towards a new generation.
Launched in January 2015, No One Left Behind is a 30-month, 3.2 million EUR innovation action project that involves a consortium of European educators, computer scientists, digital game companies and game designers. The project is coordinated by INMARK Europa (Spain) with the participation of seven key partners from four European countries: Austria, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom.
Learn more about the No One Left Behind project at www.no1leftbehind.eu.