883 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Prospect Heights

Taleblazer, HSGC,

Global Kids Online Leadership Program
Global Kids is excited to announce that NYC Haunts -- our signature program where youth create a mobile, augmented reality game exploring local history and contemporary issues -- blasted out to three Global Kids schools in Spring 2014! In a pilot project supported by the Hive Learning Network NYC and the New York Community Trust, students at the High School for Global Citizenship created geo-locative games and helped GK educators experiment with and stretch the NYC Haunts curriculum in advance of a Fall roll out at several Global Kids schools. 

Stroll down to the housing complex across the street from Jackie Robinson School in Crown Heights with your cell phone or tablet and load up the TaleBlazer app. By playing the student-produced game, you'll learn that if you were at that spot five decades ago, you would have seen Ebbet's Field-- the Brooklyn Dodgers home baseball field where Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Playing as Jackie Robinson, you'll be faced with racist, dehumanizing situations as you visit all four bases of the baseball diamond and attempt to score a home run. You must make decisions in character. As is noted in the game, Jackie Robinson is just one of many who faced discrimination on the basis of race over the years. Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects people around the world from such unlawful treatment by ensuring that "all are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law." 

 
On the day of the final playtest, student game-designers presented their game in front of their peers and staff from Global Kids and the Brooklyn Public Library.
They discussed game play, the game design process, and some of the challenges they faced in designing the game.
 
 
Then everyone set out on a trek around the site to experience the game as players would.
 
 
After all playtesters completed their "homeruns," students remarked they were most excited about the bonus points that they conceived as invisible "easter eggs" around the map. They were concerned about one section of the course -- between second and third base -- that seemed to be empty of agents and activities. "The player would get bored," Alaya said, hinting at yet another iteration of the game... When asked what they were most proud of, Isatu said "educating my colleagues about Ebbet's Field and Jackie Robinson."
To play the game created at this site, download the TaleBlazer app on your mobile device and type in the following game codes: 
Invisible Traps: gnezmnz
Visible Traps:ghfvduo
You can copy or remix this game at these pages:
VISIBLE TRAPS: http://taleblazer.org/game/gamePage/1094
INVISIBLE TRAPS: http://taleblazer.org/game/gamePage/1066
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