Welcome to a New Kind of Learning
The Game Academy is an inclusive educational program for children 8 to 16 that uses role play gaming to teach history, science, math, drama, English and life skills in a way that is engaging and fun. Students take learning into their own hands, and are empowered through role play to value negotiation, compassion and empathy.
Storytelling based games offer students a safe environment to make important decisions that affect themselves and their fellow players. They learn how to work together to achieve goals and build confidence as they experience the outcomes of their choices. This kind of game play doesn't just teach important facts and skills, but also enables students to build strong friendships that can last for years.
The Game Academy was started in 2014 (as Iocari) by Joshua Archer, a lifelong game afficionado and Sonoma State Masters in Education candidate. He watched how game oriented learning enhanced his sons' math and english skills as well as built up their self esteem. In time he started running games not just for his kids, but also for their friends eventually building the games into a summer camp program. Joshua built the Game Academy program to bring game oriented education to a wider audience. Learn more about The Game Academy's staff here.
The Game Academy is a non-profit organization committed to the social, emotional and academic success of learners of all ages through the use of tabletop role-playing games and live-action role play.
In essence, The Game Academy endeavors to return play based education to middle and high school students.
The Game Academy provides educational programs throughout the school year and in a four-week summer camp hosted by The Marin Academy. The summer camp features a different theme for every week. For 2016 we will be exploring Weird Science and Mystery, Fantasy and Adventure, Superheroes and Villains, and Space Opera/Star Wars. Read more about our summer camps here.
Our camp initiatives are part of a greater effort to bring more play into our educational system. You can read more in depth about the goals of the Game Academy as a nonprofit here.
A Typical Day at The Game Academy Camp
8:30am-9:00am -- Kids arrive and are signed in
9:00am-9:15am -- Camp Meeting (in Performance Room)
9:15am-10:15am -- Gaming
10:15am-10:30am -- Snack
10:30am-12pm -- Gaming
12pm-12:30pm -- Lunch
12:30pm-2:30pm -- Gaming
2:30pm-2:45pm -- Snack
2:45pm-3:45pm -- projects / field sports (team 1)
3:45pm-4:45pm -- projects / field sports (team 2)
4:45pm-5pm -- Camp Meeting (in Performance Room)
5pm-5:30pm -- Kids are signed out and picked up
We are eager to bring the power of roleplay gaming to schools everywhere and are beginning initiatives to enable educators to incorporate aspects of the Game Academy to their curriculum.