On March 28, 2012, Stevenson will get down to work on some serious fun in a Symposium dedicated the topic of “Games.”
Instead of going to classes on that day, all of the teachers and students on the Pebble Beach Campus will sit down across from each other and play games – all sorts of games: video games, online games, board games, card games, outdoor games, and even some educational games. But we won’t just be playing games.
The title of Symposium this year is “To Shape a Gameful Life,” and true to the Stevenson School mission statement, this Symposium seeks to explore in a seriously fun way what makes humans happy and more productive individuals. Through a wide range of presentations and workshops, Stevenson learners will explore the emotional and educational benefits of play, the theory and practice of good game design, various international and cultural perspectives on game play, and the application of game theory in different disciplines, as well as learn about the ever-expanding digital game industry.
The featured keynote speaker for the Symposium of Games 2012 is Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer and author of the current New York Times bestselling book, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How They Can Change the World.
Ms. McGonigal will join a long list of other speakers and workshop presenters – including Stevenson students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents – who will share their insights, perspectives, skills and passions about a variety of topics related to games.
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