Monty gets extra special help!

Children taking part on the Monty Mole game jam at Games Britannia will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with someone extra special when they visit the videogame festival on 6 July.

Presenter Barney Harwood and the BBC Children’s Television programme Blue Peter will be filming for a programme to be shown on CBBC, a range of industry mentors and student ambassadors working with teams from schools from across the country to design and develop a prototype video game, based on the iconic 1984 character.

Talented school children as young as seven will draw on their art, design, music, and programming skills in an attempt to build a working game in the short space of a single school day!

At the end of the jam the teams, including Barney, will present their creations to a panel of judges.

Mark Hardisty, Games Britannia Director, said “Game jams are a brilliant way for a diverse range of people to come together and work on a project as a community. We will be witnessing the next generation of superstar developers in action, and I’m really excited about seeing the ideas that Barney and the children have come to life.”

All the children’s games will be on-show to play during Games Britannia’s public weekend called Replayed, running on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 of July at Magna Science Adventure Centre, and will be available for sale after the festival with all proceeds going to the disabled children’s charity, Special Effect.

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Notes for editors:

The Monty Mole videogame competition was devised by Games Britannia to encourage the participation of school children aged between 5 and 18 in a way that helps improve academic achievement, digital and creative skills and interests them in the careers of the future.

Games Britannia is the first hands-on videogame education festival of its kind, led by Brinsworth Comprehensive School in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield Hallam University, SUMO Digital, UK Interactive Entertainment and Replay Events Ltd. The festival is backed by SONY Computer Entertainment Europe, YoYo Games, Channel 4 and Autodesk.

Special Effect is a charity dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games.  

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