Gaming The Future

Area 7th – 12th graders!          SKC Students!           Community Members!

Solve Community Challenges while developing your art, tech, and collaboration skills!

Coming This Year: 2019 – 2020: Climate Change

Past Tech4Good Challenges:

2018 – 2019: Community Health

2018 – 2017: Water is Life! 

2016 – 2017: Food Sovereignty

For our 3rd annual Gaming The Future school year (2018-2019), we invited the community to work together to tackle the challenges of Community Health.

In collaboration with our partners, Tech4Good@SKC’s Game Jam offered students a variety of data sets relevant to the health of our community, whether issues with land, air, water, food, and/or living beings.

What stories about our community’s health can you tell with data?




Fall Game Jam: On Saturday, November 3rd in the Robert DePoe III Building at SKC, students (and teachers) gathered to get inspired, choose from a variety of Community Health Challenge data sets, understand the Data Jam process, and begin to explore, collaborate, & create with Tech4Good staff and partners!

Designed to engage and support students to meet Montana OPI and Next Generation Science Standards through arts/design immersion, Tech4Good Data Jam Challenges features:

  • Authentic, local data sets provided to Flathead Reservation students;
  • Students engage in scaffolded & supported data exploration
    • Resources & assistance to analyze, visualize, and interpret data
    • Workshops, fieldtrips, and classroom visits between Fall and Winter Data Jams, and between Winter and Spring Data Jams to help students create their interpretations!
  • Students created fun, scientific products that included claim-evidence-reasoning
    • Tech4Good partners were our expert mentors & guides!
    • Teachers got involved and tailored the Data Jams to their needs!
  • Students’ major findings from the data exploration were communicated through a creative medium of students’ choice
    • How to tell the actual story of the data in a good way?

Winter Game Jam: Saturday, February 2nd,  2019:

  • participating students, teams, and classes were invited to share their works-in-progress! Get feedback! Talk to experts in your Challenge area!
  • Winter jam hosted a variety of hands-on workshops intended to provide students with skills needed for developing their projects! Winter jam is an opportunity to either get feedback on your project or do a deep dive on projects. Perhaps you may decide to collaborate with others and start something new!

Spring Game Jam: May 4th, Saturday 1:00 to 5:00 pm: Joe McDonald Gym

  • Students shared their Data Jam projects
  • Community joins in to honor & celebrate! Maker Truck, Games, Food, Fun!
  • Projects are assessed and accomplishments, celebrated
  • Awards given to all students for completion of their projects
  • Prizes provided to “best of” projects in certain award categories

Salish Kootenai College Extension: Food and nutrition data

CSKT Natural Resources Department: Wildlife and water resource data

Flathead Lake Biological Station: Flathead Lake and River/Stream Data

Collaborating Tech4Good Partners:

  • Native Teaching Aids & Riparian Games
  • Polson & Ronan Boys & Girls Clubs
  • UM Broader Impacts Group & SpectrUM Discovery Center
  • Watershed Education Network
  • Healing the Jocko Valley Food Sovereignty Project
  • SciNation
  • SKC STEM Academy
  • SKC Arts & Design Club
  • SKC Strategies for Ecology Education Diversity & Sustainability SEEDS Club

Tech4Good@SKC: empowering Flathead Reservation community middle, high school, and college students to achieve their educational and professional dreams through immersive experiences in science, art, design, and traditional knowledge.

Your work could be independent, part of a small team, or working with everyone. In our first two years, we have produced board game and card games but are open to video projects, marketing campaigns, digital games and apps, and just about anything else you can think of creating!