A creative computer app workshop and a live performance of the famous Mario Kart theme are just some of the exciting things students will host at fun-filled gaming festival, GEEK.
The three-day event, which has been running for the past five years, brings together people with a passion for gaming and takes place between 17-19 February at Dreamland, Margate.
Visitors can learn the history of gaming from the super Nintendo to the Wii U, and take part in a live Mario Kart game using the Dreamland bumper cars.
Part of this year’s festival will include the Demystify Bar which East Kent College computing students will host. This new area will offer insight into the creative elements of gameplay and help users understand what goes into games’ development.
The students have been working hard to put together fun and engaging activities around the themes of gaming and app development which include a Create an App workshop. This shows visitors how to develop their own simple apps and gives advice on creating bespoke mobile apps.
Students will also demonstrate the differences between popular game consoles such as PS2 vs PS4 and Xbox 360 vs Xbox 1, and giving advice on fixing common errors on home consoles.
Jenny Bean, Computing Programme Director said: "Being offered the chance to exhibit at GEEK is a real honour. The students have been really enthusiastic and it's great that they will have the chance to show off their skills to the public. We are always looking for opportunities that enable the students to test the skills learnt in college but this has also given them the opportunity to use planning, communication and team building skills; all of which are vital when the students go into industry."
The College has worked closely with event organisers, Marine Studios, with students learning how the gaming event is put together. They have developed skills in teamwork, communication, planning, and customer service.
Kate Kneale from Marine Studios said: “GEEK is about creativity and fun. It's great that EKC students will be at the heart of the festival demonstrating their skills and knowledge. Who knows, maybe showing their work alongside innovative Indie Developers and meeting sector specialists might inspire these students to become the digital innovators of the future.”
Music and performing arts’ students will perform the Mario Kart theme on Friday 17 February.