Game On 2017 (Grades 9 – 12)

Game On for students in Grades 9-12 with Game & App Design/Coding experience

Game On is Sisler High School’s annual game conference where students can learn from industry experts and build a game.  This year’s conference is a two-day event.  The first day will consist of student workshop led by industry experts where students will learn different skills to create a game.  On the second day students in grades 9-12 will demonstrate a game or app they have worked on over the past year in a “Game Demo Fair” and be judged by industry.  These skills have always been important for students, and now in the 21st century these skills are now more essential than ever. Students need to think deeply, solve problems creatively, work in teams, communicate clearly, and learn new technologies as they create their game.

  • When:  Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3 of Exam week @ end of Semester 1
  • Who can participate: Students in grades 9-12 from any Winnipeg School Division school
  • Team size:  3 students per team (maximum of 3 teams per school … excluding Sisler).
  • Where:  Sisler IDM
  • Fee:  No Fee (thanks to partners)
  • Lunch & Snacks:  Provided (thanks to partners)
  • What about the Teachers?  Well they can participate as well

What to expect!

  • Day 1 – Industry-led Workshops
  • Day 2 – Present the best game/app you have created in the last year.  Student (or groups) will be expected to showcase any their concept work, wireframes, prototypes, code & game to industry judges.

Rubric to be posted on a later date

Recommendations for participants before they come to Game On:

Go online and review Unity coding tutorials and full projects before our conference.  Here are some examples:


Thursday, February 2

Schedule Session Presenter  Room
9:00 – 9:30 Keynote Angus Wakefield Library
9:40 – 10:20 VR Development Khal Shariff 57
10:30 – 11:10 How to develop a great App idea Carly Shuler 57
11:20 – 12:00 The Basics of Game Jamming Graeme Borland & Amy Gerardy 57
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch   Cafeteria
12:30 – 1:00 Creating Concept Art for Games Chris Darnbrough  
1:10 – 1:25 Sound Design For Games Carlos Vela 57
1:30 – 3:00 Rapid Prototyping & Coding Games in Unity Dylan Fries 57
3:00 – 3:30 App & Game Display Set-Up Mr. Alibudbud, Mr. Leduc, Mr. Erickson and Mr. Dyck-Lyons 57 & Library


Friday, February 3

9:00 – 12:00 App & Game Showcase (And/or Unity Game Jam) Judging with Dylan Fries Library
Z-Brush Angus Wakefield  
12:00 – 12:40 Lunch   Cafeteria
12:40 – 1:40 Play and Network Game Showcase   All Rooms
1:45 – 2:00 The Gaming Industry in Manitoba New Media Manitoba Library
2:00 – 2:30 From a Game Developers Perspective Alec Holowka Library
2:30 – 3:00 Awards Angus Wakefield Library


Grade 9-12 Recognition:

  • Coolest looking Game or App
  • Best Sound Design
  • Extraordinary Coder
  • Best in show
  • Best Group Game
  • Fan Favourite
  • Most Spectacular Crash
  • Most Epic Fail


Please note that teachers must submit team entries!



Partners: Sisler High School, New Media Manitoba, Electric Monk Media, Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts, Vancouver Film School, Project WhiteCard, Warpgate Initiative, Kindoma

Participating Schools:

  • Sisler High School
  • Kelvin High School
  • St. John’s High School
  • Kildonan-East Collegiate
  • Children of the Earth School