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Pukeahu Game Dev Girls - make games & learn code!

News: 2 July 2019

Learn to create a multi-level video game (think Super Mario Bros), inspired by the characters and stories of Pukeahu and Aotearoa,including some awesome wāhine.

This afterschool programme is for girls aged 11-15 who are curious about coding and making video games. No previous experience is required.

With the help of expert game developers from Gamefroot and the Pukeahu education team, by the end of this eight week programme you will be able to create your own unique game to publish and share with the world.

When:  Term 3, Mondays, 29 July – 16 September, 3.45-5.15pm

Where: Pukeahu Education Centre, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Cost:  $200 (eight weeks)

Email: [email protected] to register.


Who is Pukeahu Game Dev Girls for?

Anyone who identifies as a girl or woman and is keen to learn to code and make games. The programme is designed for girls aged 11-15 (roughly school years 7-10). If you are a little younger or older and would like to take part, please get in touch. Contact Dan Milward at Gamefroot: [email protected] or phone 021 449 901.

Do I need my own computer?

Yes, this is a BYOD (bring your own device) programme. Suitable devices include Google Chromebooks or other similarly powered laptop. If you would like to take part in the Pukeahu Game Dev Girls but don’t have your own computer, please get in touch as we may be able to help out.  Contact: Pukeahu educator Emma Jean Kelly:  [email protected]

Do I need any prior knowledge about coding or game development?

No, this programme is for complete beginners.

I’ve done a bit of coding/ game development before. Can I still do this programme?

While the Pukeahu Game Dev Girls programme is designed for beginners, we often have students who have done a bit of game development before. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to talk this through.  Contact Dan Milward at Gamefroot: [email protected] or phone 021 449 901.

What will I learn?

You will learn to design and develop your own 2D video game. Throughout this process you will learn real coding concepts and skills used to make real video games. 

To help you with inspiration for the storyline of your game, you will also learn some interesting stories about Pukeahu and the surrounding area going back through time.  Spoiler alert - there are some amazing wāhine involved!

Will I be able to complete by game in the eight weeks?

Yes, you will be able to complete your own mini-game in the eight weeks. If you want to fine tune it you could always come back and see us in term 4.

Is the programme linked to the New Zealand curriculum?

The learning outcomes are aligned with progress outcomes from the new Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content, specifically Computational Thinking - Progress Outcome 4. Learn more about Progress Outcomes through the Ministry of Education Website - read more.

How many people are in each class?

A maximum of 20. An experienced tutor from Gamefroot and an expert educator from Pukeahu will facilitate each session.

Who runs Pukeahu Game Dev Girls?

Pukeahu Game Dev Girls is run by expert game development tutors from Wellington company Gamefroot. They teach game development programmes at schools across the region. 

For this programme, the Gamefroot team will also be joined by educators from Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and historians from Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 

Where is the Pukeahu Education Centre?

The Pukeahu Education Centre is in the former Home of Compassion Crèche building at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park (Basin Reserve end). Vehicle access is via an unmarked side road at 197 Tory Street (beside the US Memorial). There is limited two hour free parking along this road or ask the Pukeahu educator for a parking pass.

Is this a one-off or an ongoing programme?

This is a pilot programme for term 3. We’ll make a decision about whether Pukeahu Game Dev Girls will continue in term 4 by September 2019.

What is your refund policy?

If you decide after the first session that Pukeahu Game Dev Girls isn’t for you, we can offer a full refund. From week two onwards, no refunds on term fees are available.


Updated on 29th July 2019