As a parent, you always want the best for your kids. While it may be too early for some to be thinking about their children’s future career, it is never too early to provide them with fun, engaging and educational activities that activate their young minds and spark an excitement in a particular area.
Here are seven careers that could be ignited by a child’s experience and interest in creating their own board games.
Civil engineers design and maintain public works such as roads, bridges, water and energy systems as well as public facilities like ports, railways and airports. Understanding fundamental building practices and logic could spark this interest. Skills include logic & math, visualization, organization, planning, and collaboration with others.
A designer is responsible for creating the aesthetic & function of a product, service, or artwork. Skills include visualization and blending creativity with goals, objectives, and budgets. Designing a board game works similarly, requiring users to map out how they want their game to look, whether it’s a card game, building game or RPG.
Architects are responsible for designing, planning, and overseeing the construction of buildings. Areas of expertise include collaboration with others and using a blend of creativity and technical skills. Experience in creating and designing games – especially those that use parts to create a structure – could inspire an interest in architecture.
A lawyer is a practitioner or advocate of the law, also called an attorney. Skills include strategic thinking, reasoning & logic, communication, and collaboration with others. This might sound out of bounds, but game play – especially strategy – helps foster crucial logic and reasoning skills for success in the legal field.
A computer / software engineer combines several fields of computer science and electronic engineering required to develop computer hardware and software. A desire to problem solve and seek creative solutions are critical for this field as well as board game design.
An educator or teacher is responsible for educating the next generation of innovators. Skills include self-motivation, love of learning, collaboration with others, and problem-solving. The ability to teach oneself how to design a game provides skills needed to impart knowledge and understanding on others.
An urban planner will design communities to plan for growth as well as integration of the natural and built environments. Skills include visualization, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration with others. They also need to communicate effectively, working with social, economic, cultural and environmental issues. All of these competencies could be developed from an interest in game design.
Download Gridopolis' Game Design Guide, a FREE step-by-step educational resource. This easy-to-follow guide and checklist shows you how to use the Gridopolis system's parts and rules to design your very own games.
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