Digital schoolin collaboration with Electronic Arts, brings the Game Festival, a new creative career and computing conference for students aged 8-15 to the Innovation Center LEADINGHouse of Skills and Technology.

It will inspire students to turn their hobbies into highly skilled careers.

Taking place for the first time at the HOST Innovation Center in Salford on Wednesday 13 July, the festival of play will bring together students from schools across the North West.

The festival will showcase the breadth and depth of roles available in the UK games industry. It will be packed with interactive workshops, inspirational talks and innovative games to spark young people’s interest in the sector.

The unique school trip will educate and enable students to learn about the technologies and tools used to create video games and develop their interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) subjects.

The conference will also engage with teachers, giving them the skills to teach computing in creative and playful ways that will bring the subject to life in the classroom while supporting continued professional development.

Along with a range of activities, live music and entertainment, students will also have the opportunity to meet people working in the games industry and encourage them to think about how the skills that make games today can fit into their careers as they grow. in the future.

“We’re honored to welcome the first North West Game Festival to HOST in MediaCity,” said Mo Issop, CEO of IN4 Group, operator of HOST.

“The video game market is growing at an epic scale and the opportunities to develop the most sought-after digital skills are huge. By working closely with key partners such as Digital Schoolhouse, Electronic Arts and local schools, we can offer even more opportunities to inspire young people, spark their interest in STEAM subjects and give them fair access to technology careers.”

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Shahneila Saeed, Program Director at Digital Schoolhouse, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Festival of Play, supported by Electronic Arts, to life at HOST Salford this summer.

“It has been a long-held dream of mine to host an event like this that would turn students’ enjoyment and passion for the game into practical career and skill development opportunities.

“It’s important to us that this festival gives local schools direct access to the video game industry, and I can’t wait to get started.”

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Chris Bruzza, Electronic Arts Chief Experience Officer, commented, “Partnering with Digital Schoolhouse for its first Festival of Play was a no-brainer for us.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to help bridge the gap between education and industry. One of the ways we do this is by partnering with fantastic programs like Digital Schoolhouse to inspire future generations from all backgrounds about the incredible journey that learning STEAM can take them on.”

Free tickets are already fully booked for the festival at HOST with a waiting list for additional seats. More information about the Game Festival can be found here:

Festival of Play to bring games industry to life for school students

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