From National Event to School: A winners Journey…
Whilst running the Family Zone at the UK Games Expo, NEC Birmingham, we decided to include a competition for children attending the zone to represent their school. The prize was to win an Imagination Gaming “Games Day” for their School.
The Expo Family Zone has grown significantly over the last few years and has come a long way from where it began. This year’s event was its biggest yet with thousands of families attending, many staying for multiple days. With the range of family based companies, including HABA and Asmodee in attendance it is the perfect place to visit with your children, to replay your favourite games and try out the latest ones!
The competition allowed anyone to take part and we were inundated with entries. With entries reaching as far south as East Sussex and as far north as Manchester! The competition was so popular that in the end we decided to award three winners!
The first of these winners was Bablake School in Coventry. A fantastic school set in wonderful grounds. We drove there early on the morning of the 1st October to setup ready to start the day ahead.
Prior to starting we gave a small talk during assembly and introduced ourselves and the company, this created an initial buzz and got the pupils very excited indeed.
Throughout the day we tried to work with as many children and teachers as possible, showing them the benefit that gaming can bring to an educational setting, stretching both the imagination and the knowledge of the pupils taking part.
The activities were split between traditional games and problem solving sessions. Some table top games and some activities delivered onto a wall in the hall via a projector. We had a fantastic day! Both children and staff were fully engaged, testing themselves with some hilarious results. We ran team activities, solo games, kids’ vs teachers and generally had a great time.
We presented pupil Rory Badham with his trophy and certificate as the winner of “EXPO Represent Your School” competition. Bablake School wrote a great article for the local newspaper and everyone at the school was talking about the games
Rory went from being a quiet, unassuming pupil to something of a hero!
As a result of the day and the general buzz that came with it, we are looking to repeat the success at next year’s UK EXPO Event. We look forward to seeing Rory, his school friends and teachers once again.