Mini Game Jam is a yearly games event for P7’s in schools where they spend a day working together in teams to create their own game in Scratch based on a theme given to them that day.
The event has been running since 2013 and was devised by Dr Amanda Ford. After spending a lot of time in class teaching children from P4-P7 about creating their own games using Scratch I wanted to celebrate the end of research with an event for the children. After hearing so much about the Global Game Jam I thought this would be a great idea for kids to work together from the two schools that I had been researching in that year. However it was scaled back to just a school day and not a full weekend. After lots of organising between myself, the two schools and the Computing Dept at UWS the very first Mini Game Jam was held in the games lab at UWS on the June 2013 and ever since then it has been growing ever since with over 1000 children across Glasgow & Renfrewshire having taken part to date.