A small classroom on the second ground of Fort Dodge Senior Excessive College has been briefly remodeled into an arcade for the rest of the college yr.
College students in Jerry Ellendson’s iJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates) class created eight completely different video games for college students to play.
The video games embrace mini soccer throwing, Skee-Ball, Klinko, Whack-A-Mole, mini basketball, placing, paper soccer and marble maze.
Any scholar within the college can come attempt the video games out from 8 a.m. to 12:36 p.m. if they’re caught up on all of their schoolwork.
Ashton Patrick, 17, a junior, is iJAG president. He mentioned the scholars had been impressed to create the video games after seeing a video.
“We had been simply watching a video about this little child that constructed an arcade out of cardboard packing containers and we thought it’d be enjoyable to attempt one ourselves,” Patrick mentioned. “We even have posters across the college about it.”
The video games wouldn’t have any electrical parts. Every station is made largely from cardboard and duct tape.
“Now we have three durations,” Patrick mentioned. “First interval made some video games, second interval made some video games and third interval made some video games. And we put all of them collectively. If college students aren’t lacking any work they’ll come play within the arcade.”
Ellendson is hoping the arcade may get some college students to consider collaborating in iJAG subsequent college yr.
“I believed it might be a enjoyable technique to finish the yr and recruit college students for iJAG for subsequent yr,” Ellendson mentioned. “It’s about discovering the fitting children and wanting to search out their careers for the long run. Serving to children get on their profession path.”
The iJAG program is designed to attach college students to native companies. Sometimes, the thought is for college students to shadow the careers and study on the job. However COVID-19 squashed that throughout the 2020-21 college yr.
“Everybody Zoomed in and youngsters don’t love that,” Ellendson mentioned. “Subsequent yr will likely be quite a bit higher to exit to companies and work with them. We had been sort of locked within the college, we couldn’t do this.”
Ellendson mentioned different iJAG lessons across the state make the cardboard arcade rooms yearly and have had success with it.
By way of the video games, Skee-Ball gave the impression to be a favourite.
“You simply roll the ball up the ramp and there’s completely different holes with completely different factors,” Patrick mentioned. “It’s sort of onerous however it doesn’t take a variety of talent to attain factors. And it’s constructed fairly effectively.”
Jennifer Lane, Fort Dodge Group College District director of communications and group relations, was readily available to see the video games.
“I believe Skee-Ball is my favourite,” she mentioned.
“It’s everybody’s favourite,” mentioned Skylar Steves, 16, a sophomore.
Keyton Fraser, 17, a junior, was enjoying mini basketball.
“You get 5 throws and these are tape balls,” Fraser mentioned.
Carmelo Hughes, 16, a sophomore, appreciated the mini basketball sport.
“It’s onerous, it’s additionally enjoyable and it’s simply basketball,” Hughes mentioned.
Hughes and Patrick additionally tried out the Whack-A-Mole, which held up surprisingly effectively for the way a lot it was getting whacked.
“Now we have had to make use of somewhat extra tape to maintain it going,” Ellendson mentioned.
The soccer throwing station wasn’t getting as a lot motion as a few of the different video games. Ellendson mentioned that’s because of the problem degree.
“That one is sort of unattainable,” he mentioned.
For that sport, college students throw a small soccer into holes made in a cardboard field.
“The excessive rating in soccer is 200 and I don’t even know if I imagine that,” Ellendson mentioned.
Ellendson mentioned the challenge has been enjoyable for college students and he hopes to construct on it subsequent yr.
“The scholars are having enjoyable and so they acquired artistic constructing a few of these video games,” he mentioned. “They put automobiles within the Klinko. Some stuff fell aside — trial and error. That is one thing we plan on constructing yearly, perhaps construct it in a distinct room. It’s a smaller classroom, so perhaps an even bigger one subsequent yr.”