The Workshop Helping More Girls Make Video Games

Girls Make Games started in San Jose, California and quickly expanded into a series of international summer camps, workshops and game jams designed to encourage girls to explore the world of video games. But why is there a need for special camps just for girls? Why can’t they just go to the same ones as the boys? CEO and Founder of Learn District and Girls Make Games, Laila Shabir shed some light at the Sydney camp earlier this month.

Australian Comic, Pop Culture and Video Game Conventions 2017

If there is a convention not listed, comment below and I’ll add it.

How to tell if I’ll be there:
Green = 100% confirmed.
Orange = Planning, not confirmed.
Red = Nothing planned at this stage.

4-5 February RTX Australia (Sydney)

18 March Goulburn Comic Con (Goulburn): Guest

25-26 March Oz Comic-Con (Perth)

1-2 April Oz Comic-Con (Adelaide)

21-23 April Supanova (Gold Coast)

28-30 April Supanova (Melbourne)

29-30 April GX Australia (Sydney): Guest

13 May Comic Gong (Wollongong)

16-18 June Supanova (Sydney)

23-25 June Supanova (Perth)

1-2 July Haven (Mackay): Host

1-2 July Oz Comic-Con (Melbourne)

21-23 July AVCON (Adelaide)

19-20 August SMASH! (Sydney)

23-24 September Oz Comic-Con (Brisbane)

30 September – 1 October  Oz Comic-Con (Sydney)

TBA October EB Games Expo (Sydney)

TBA October AMC Expo (Melbourne)

TBA November PAX Australia (Melbourne)

10-12 November Supanova (Brisbane)

18-19 November Supanova (Adelaide)


Could video games improve your child’s school grades?

Seth The Human playing BMO Image by What A Big Camera
Seth The Human playing BMO
Image by What A Big Camera

The answer is yes, according to the findings of a study in Argentina published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

For a period of ten weeks, 111 Buenos Aires first graders with attendance issues were given fifteen minutes of gaming time three times per week. Half of the group played games involving memory and planning skills, and half played non-specific games of the child’s choosing. During the testing period classroom work remained the same, and the teachers were not informed of the details of the study. The aim was to discover if the mental exercise involved in gaming could boost mental abilities required to do school work.

The results showed the children who played the memory and planning focused games improved so dramatically that not only did they achieve higher maths and language test scores than ever before, but they actually caught up to those students with regular attendance.

As a singular study the results cannot prove conclusively that playing certain video games can improve school grades, but it does suggest that the mental exercise from specific types of games can help enhance mental abilities for school work. Other studies have shown that fine motor, problem solving, decision making and even social skills can also be improved by playing appropriate video games.

When deciding on video games for your child, do a little reading and take a look at the skills involved to play. Those with a necessity for forward planning and a reliance on memory skills might actually help them in the classroom.

Source – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences