Students at local Jewish day school work together with gaming company Jewish Interactive, make game about holiday
Jacksonville, FL-Students at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in Jacksonville, FL have taken their learning to a new level; they have been having two classes a week to develop an app to teach others about the Jewish holiday of Purim. The game, being made with the help of Jewish Interactive, involves easy games such as puzzles to help the clueless learn about Purim, a Jewish holiday.
Purim is a holiday that celebrates Queen Esther of Persia and her cousin Mordecai (both the Jewish prophets of their time) saving the Jews from the evil Haman.
The 7th grade’s subject has been about the custom of masquerading. Masquerading is associated with Purim because Queen Esther hid her Jewish identity from her husband, King Ahasuerus of Persia.
First, the students divided into two groups, and then each group made a mini-game. The first group’s game, with the Project Manager being Rachel L, 12, has made a puzzle game called Mask Mayhem. In it, you have to put together the masks of Purim characters.
The second group, leaded by Project Manager Casey B, 13, has made a game titled Whack-a-Haman. In it, the player has to hit the Haman figures, but avoid hitting the other objects . Haman is the main antagonist of the Purim story.
Those two groups are competing against each other, because Jewish Interactive, the company they’re collaborating with, can only animate one game.
At first, the game was supposed to be a Hanukkah game, but was changed to Purim due to a short time frame.
The game is scheduled to be released in January-February 2014. For more information, contact Shana Gutterman at email@example.com. She has also made a blog about the game, http://mjgds.org/classrooms/jewishinteractive/. Look at that project to see interviews from some of the students and checklists that they had to follow.
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