Q1 Get Inspired

21. Coding & Game Design

Direct link  to video

Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old App Developer.


When you create, what inspires you? Where do you get your ideas? How does it make you feel? These questions have different answers for everyone. No one is inspired in the same way, by the same experiences or emotions.


1.  Watch the movie clip at the top about a young inventor named Thomas Suarez.  While viewing the video clip, think about what inspired Thomas.  

2.  Choose two innovators from the list below and click on their link to learn more about them. As you read and/or listen to the articles, keep in mind the questions below. 

3. Open up a word processor or your blog and answer the questions below:

  1. Who did you research?
  2. What did they invent/create/design?
  3. Why do you think their creation is relevant to the topic of “game design”?
  4. If you were to create something technology related, what would it be?
  5. Describe it.

Completing this Quest

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ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online

4. Innovative Designer
a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research