After each game, students write down the ways that they would change or modify the game. They pitch their modification to the rest of the group and the kids then vote on the idea that they find most creative, strategic, and insightful. Once the games and discussions are over, each student works on creating their own game. “They key is game design,” says owner Robert Hewitt. “When kids finish making their original games, other kids play test them and give feedback.”
Through game play, Brooklyn Game Lab gives children the opportunity to develop skills such as critical analysis, deductive reasoning, and interpersonal communication. “Something that is really important is sportsmanship, learning how to lose, learning how to have a bad turn,” Hewitt says. “One of our mottos is losing is learning. When you play a chess game and you lose, you learn a lot more than when you win.”
The game lab is open afterschool Monday through Friday from 3:30-6pm, and during the summer Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm.