Boris Willis

Associate Professor of Game Design for George Mason University

Boris Willis is the founder of Black Russian Games, Chief Artistic Officer of Boris Willis Moves and an Associate Professor of Experimental Game Design at George Mason University. He has performed with Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers and Streb. He has created video art for choreographer Sharon Mansur and for his blog danceaday.com. Willis has an MFA in Dance and Technology from The Ohio State University, a BFA in Dance from George Mason University and is a graduate of The NC School of the Arts. He is the recipient of a Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission and a Virginia Commission for the Arts Choreography Fellowship.

Talk Description:

Teaching Kids to Teach Kids to Make Games

Over the past several years I have mentored student teachers on methods for teaching game design to younger kids. In this hands-on workshop I will share some of the techniques for teaching students to teach younger kids. Some of the methods I will cover include how to work in zones to make sure kids keep up, how to create tutorials for kids to follow, how to plan a lesson that keeps kids engaged. This workshop is targeted at teaching young kids but these methods can be modified to teach students of any age.

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