Rimon Studio team served as mentors at Ramon Foundation educational games hackathon during July 2018, named HackSpace. Ramon Foundation, named after the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who died at the tragic Colombia spaceship explosion. The foundation is dedicated to promote space oriented education. Two years ago, Nimrod, our CEO, participated in their annual conference as lecturer, explaining the importance of combining games with educational process. Two years later they dedicated an entire hackathon to create new class oriented games, focused on space – Satellites, exo-planets, space junk, space colonization and etc.
After consultation with Nimrod, the hackathon was designed around two main aspects:
A. Variety of game mechanics – Strategy games, board games, simulation and role playing, logic games, spatial games and free play.
B. Different topics – Space junk, exo-planets, space in daily lives, remote sensing, space colonization and etc.
On the event day itself, about 80-120 teachers and Israeli space industry veterans gathered at Google Campus TLV. After a brief intro of the concept and a lecture by Nimrod about games and learning the event started. Studio members mentored the teams, and each team chose a game mechanic and a topic. There were numerous projects going on simultaneously. Quite a challenge!
The time frame was as following:
9:00 – Meeting
10:00 – Nimrod’s lecture about games and education (sorry, Hebrew version only for now)