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A game for web + mobile by Girl Scouts San Diego - help the Marshmallow, Chocolate and Graham Cracker characters reach the campsite!
A game for web + mobile by Girl Scouts San Diego - help the Marshmallow, Chocolate and Graham Cracker characters reach the campsite!
652 backers pledged $27,178 to help bring this project to life.

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THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AMAZING BACKERS!!!
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AMAZING BACKERS!!!

BREAKING NEWS! 

New Stretch Goal: We have a chance to have a booth at Comic-Con! Let's see if we can get another $2k to pay for a 2-table spot! 

Seriously, how amazing would it be to get Girl Scouts San Diego to San Diego Comic-Con? It's right here in our hometown! The girls will get a chance to join the amazing party that is Comic-Con downtown every year, and we can sell t-shirts, pillows, stickers and other cool swag and spread the word about the game!
Comic-Con 2017 here we come!
Comic-Con 2017 here we come!
 

 

MORE STRETCH GOALS:

Basically every $500 we go over gets another troop a set of 10 2-hour sessions, or another laptop for us to share! 
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We know we can do A LOT with the goal we have already reached and are just so thrilled to get started. There are over 19,000 Girl Scouts in the San Diego / Imperial Valley area. We have until Sunday, 2/26 at 5:58PM PST... so it's not too late - tell your friends they can still get a curriculum pack, t-shirt, stickers, shout-out, character, or level! 
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GIANT SQUISHY MARSHMALLOW HUGS to the entire tech community for the outpouring of support!!!
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STEAM curriculum:

You may be wondering, "Why marshmallows?" and our answer would have to be, "Because they make it easy to be creative and learn how to program!" We provide the initial idea for the core group of characters and the game platforms - and then just let our scouts just take these and run with them. The idea of a bunch of marshmallows hanging out with chocolate, graham crackers and other friends makes it fun and easy for participants of any age to engage and come up with stories and scenarios for the characters, and in the process, learn the math and science of programming:

  • How to make the characters jump convincingly? Physics programming, i.e. emulating inertia, friction.
  • What would happen if a marshmallow grabbed onto a balloon? Gameplay scripting, vectors, and loops.
  • How to generate new obstacles in the level? Procedural level design, coordinate geometry.
  • How to create timers and scoring?  Delta time, conditionals, collision detection.
  • What do people like most about the game? Data analytics to determine player retention and drop-off rates to improve the game.

And much more!

Marshmallow Math T-Shirt: the formula for the parabola that maps the trajectory of a jump!
Marshmallow Math T-Shirt: the formula for the parabola that maps the trajectory of a jump!

We will also be teaching design:

  • Graphic design
  • Character design
  • Sprite creation / sprite sheets
  • Storyboarding
  • Game level design
  • Audio design and editing
  • Video editing

 Rewards

We're super-excited about our rewards - the scouts will help design and create them! Now that we've reached our 160th backer, we are celebrating with a brand-new reward - Marshmallow Run DIY Starter Pack #1! 

Marshmallow DIY Starter Pack #1: Join the fun and code your own level!
Marshmallow DIY Starter Pack #1: Join the fun and code your own level!

 

We want to share Marshmallow Run with coding students everywhere. This pack comes with a full set of PNG sprites, backgrounds, and obstacles, and lesson plans for your class, or if you want to just try coding a level at home:

Other benefits:

Establish a positive digital footprint: Participating scouts and troops will be credited on the game platforms they contribute to, and we will also help scouts involved with the javascript and mobile development of the game to establish git accounts to collaborate on our game repository. It's more important than ever these days to have a positive digital footprint for college and the job market - this is a great way to establish a reputation for being a creator and developer - not just a consumer!

Badges! Scouts who participate will also receive Design Code Build's special-edition STEAM badges.

Cool guest speakers We will also be inviting great guest speakers to come talk to the scouts - special friends of Design Code Build who are experts in the fields of game design, coding, and filmmaking.

And it would be so cool if... Our dream come true would be to bring a group of our Girl Scouts to Apple WWDC this June. We are going to apply! The first year we went to WWDC, in 2008, there were 2000+ developers in attendance, and only 12 of them were female. Things have definitely improved since then, but they could be better still.

Who are we?

Design Code Build is a STEAM academy founded in San Diego, by principals with extensive experience creating award-winning apps, websites, videos, and digital museum experiences. We are also parents and teachers, and enjoy teaching and making things with kids - our next generation of digital visionaries. We are an official community partner of San Diego Girl Scouts.

The plan:

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Everyone will learn to code in Scratch. Troops can also decide on a second focus - whether they would like to support the project further via design, project management, porting and more advanced coding, or marketing. Once troops have decided, we will set up our curricula for each troop and schedule group meetings. Each track will teach a set of software unique to each focus, such as Adobe Photoshop for the design track, Encore and Basecamp for project management, Flurry and Google Analytics for the marketing track, etc.

PORTING AND LAUNCHING Since Scratch is Flash-based, Marshmallow Run will not be available to iOS phones and non-Flash-enabled web browsers if it remains only on the Scratch site. For our game to reach the widest possible audience, we will port the game to JavaScript once we have completed and launched the Scratch game. Scratch is basically a custom JavaScript library wrapped in Flash - when combined with HTML5 and CSS, JavaScript is the “secret sauce” behind the interactivity of many online games across the web. Older scouts such as juniors, cadettes and seniors who are interested can attend our JavaScript sessions and learn how the variables in Scratch translate to JavaScript, and begin the process of porting the game to the Web. This JavaScript phase will provide a strong codebase from which we can begin porting the game to the mobile platforms, iOS and Android, using Unity or Cocos2D. Scouts will also become familiar with the XCode and Android Studio authoring environments.

MARKETING With nearly 500,000 games in the iTunes App Store alone, there is a lot to know to successfully market a game. Scouts will help create and set up Girl Scouts San Diego's first Apple iTunesconnect and Google Play accounts, and learn how to write enticing game descriptions, create game screenshots and preview videos, and track metrics from these portals. In addition, some troop teams will help set up a website for the web version of the game, and learn about web hosting and server administration, as well as setting up browser-based metrics layers such as Google Analytics and Flurry. Still other troop teams will learn how to craft press releases to submit to gaming and tech blogs, and social media gaming sites for reviews. There will also be fun and enriching workshops built around fulfilling the Rewards. Troops can choose whether they want to help provide spin-off Scratch games built to supporters’ wishes; learn 3D-printing technology to print and distribute characters from the game; design and print t-shirts, postcards, stickers, or posters; design plush toys to be created by hand or submitted for production in a limited factory run, and more!

Funding

All funds will be used to support the development of the game and provide in-depth STEAM instruction to Girl Scouts San Diego:
  • A set of computers to bring to area troops.  
  • A meeting space
  • Creating and maintaining Apple Developer and Google Play accounts for Girl Scouts San Diego and getting XCode and Android Studio onto enough computers to be able to host development classes.
  • Web hosting for the web version of the game
  • Stipend for enough teachers for the program so that participating girls will get hands-on instruction and be able to build and launch the game according to schedule.
  • Providing as much instructional time as possible to any Girl Scout San Diego troops who would like to participate.
  • Materials to support the Rewards program.

Risks and challenges

Everyone we've talked to about this idea is as excited about it as we are. We have, however, recognized that there are some important issues to address:

PARTICIPATION FOR ALL

One of the main reasons why we are excited about this project is that it offers the possibility of teaching girls the various roles involved in a collaborative project and the process of creating a game. Designers, coders, writers/game designers, project managers, marketers. All are critical to the process. Scouts can decide which role they want to take on, and will come away with the confidence that they have contributed meaningfully to this fun project.

LASTING IMPACT

How much lasting impact will our lessons have? To be sure our program has the greatest impact, reliable access to computers, and enough dedicated hours by teaching staff is essential. We have ready, willing and able volunteers, but we also want to have the principals be able to pour their time and hearts into this for the amount of time that it takes - we are anticipating anywhere from 9 to 12 months. Our team and pair-coding approach will help make this a memorable experience for all our participants, socially and pedagogically.

ACCESS

It may seem like computers are everywhere these days, but from our experience teaching, we realize that there are still many kids in the upper grades of elementary school and even middle school and high school who do not have regular access to a computer, or internet. We would like for this project to level the playing field - and for us to be able bring our programs to scouts and schools when and where they need support.

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    A Big Marshmallow Run Thank You

    At this level, we will add your name to the scrolling credits in the scratch versions of our game! See your name scroll past a bucolic campfire setting, in the company of adorable animated marshmallows.

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    A Marshmallow Shout-Out, Summer Edition

    We will list your name on the shout-out page of the website edition of the game! Find your name and click on it, and an animated marshmallow will appear and thank you by name, out loud!

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    A Marshmallow Shout-Out, Winter Edition

    Our winter-themed shout-out page works just like the summer one - find your name and click on it, and a chorus of animated marshmallows will appear in the game to thank you by name out loud!

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    DIY Marshmallow Run Starter Pack 1 +BETA

    Bring Marshmallow Run to your kids! By popular demand - we will create a special edition of the game characters for you to use in your class or at home with your kids, plus detailed lesson plans and hand-outs to help your students code their own run and jump platformer level in Scratch. The guide will include great tips we've collected from our experiences to help your students learn as much as possible even with limited class time. The Graphics Pack characters will be "wearing" safety goggles and helmets, so tell your students to go ahead and code the craziest jumps, falls, and leaps they can imagine! The sprite kits for 3 characters will include 5 facial expressions, 6 leg states, and 3 arm states.

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    • 3 Sets of Character Sprites
    • 2 Scrolling Backgrounds
    • 5 Obstacle Sprites
    • 1 Rainbow Slide
    • 1 Curriculum Guide with 3 Cool Projects to Try
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    Marshmallow Run Stickers + Thank You

    Be the proud owner of a set of beautifully-designed Marshmallow Run Sticker Sheets, featuring characters from the game and inspirational messages about coding, adventure, and friendship - and your name will appear on our Summer Edition Shout-Out page.

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    "Marshmallow Math" T-Shirt + BETA ACCESS

    A high-quality cotton T featuring the Marshmallow character and the mathematical equation that describes the arc of its jump. Comes in toddler, youth, and adult sizes. ALSO: receive access to the beta of the web game! The t-shirts ship in May, but the beta will be ready late summer.

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    "Coding for Chocolate" T + BETA ACCESS

    A high-quality cotton T featuring the Chocolate character and part of the code snippet that defines its in-game gravity . Comes in toddler, youth, and adult sizes. ALSO: receive access to the beta of the web game! The t-shirts ship in June, but the beta will be ready late summer.

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    "Graham Tangram" T-Shirt + BETA ACCESS

    A high-quality cotton T featuring the Graham Cracker character as a tangram puzzle. Comes in toddler, youth, and adult sizes. ALSO: receive access to the beta of the web game! The t-shirts ship in June, but the beta will be ready late summer.

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    Marshmallow Evangelist

    Choose one of any of our 3 shirt versions: Marshmallow Math, Coding for Chocolate, Graham Tangram and get a Curriculum Pack to share with your group!

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    • 1 Curriculum Guide with 3 Cool Projects to Try
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    Marshmallow Run "Marshmallow" Pillow

    A wonderful, squishy companion for your bed or sofa. Measures 16" tall, printed cotton duck fabric.

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    Marshmallow Run Poster Print

    Beautiful giclee color art print, no frame. 11" x 17"

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    All 3 T-Shirts PLUS 3 BETA ACCESS x3

    All 3 T-Shirts are included + 3 access tokens to the BETA of the web game! We will send you a survey so you can tell us the sizes you want. T-Shirts ship in June, beta tokens available late summer.

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    • 1 "Coding for Chocolate" T-Shirt
    • 1 Graham Tangram T-Shirt
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    4 T-Shirt Family Pack + BETA ACCESS x4

    4 T-Shirts of your choice + 4 access tokens to the web beta. We will follow up to ask you which sizes and shirts you would like. Choose from our 3 shirt versions: Marshmallow Math, Coding for Chocolate, and Graham Tangram

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    Game Devs Troop Pack Mini

    Give the gift of Marshmallow Run to your favorite Girl Scout troop, school class or group and support girl game devs! We will follow up to ask you your shirt and size preferences. Choose any of our 3 shirt versions: Marshmallow Math, Coding for Chocolate, Graham Tangram. The troop will also receive a digital copy of our platformer game curriculum for Scratch with free email tech support with a starter pack of character sprites and other game graphics, PLUS: Marshmallow Run sticker sheets featuring characters from the game, tokens for access to the web and mobile betas, and an animated audio shout-out to their troop in the web game credits.

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    • 4 T-Shirts, your choice of size and version
    • Marshmallow Run Sticker Sheets
    • Access tokens to mobile game beta
    • Access tokens to web game beta
    • Game Starter Curriculum Pack
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    Custom Character, Scratch

    We will develop and name a character after you in Marshmallow Run. We will send you a brief online questionnaire to fill out, and our "designers" will create a character based on that! You will also receive a 3D-printed marshmallow figurine, designed and created by our scouts.

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    Game Devs Troop Gift Pack

    Give the gift of Marshmallow Run to your favorite Girl Scout troop, school class or group and support girl game devs! We will follow up to ask you your shirt and size preferences. Choose any of our 3 shirt versions: Marshmallow Math, Coding for Chocolate, Graham Tangram. The troop will also receive a digital copy of our platformer game curriculum for Scratch with free email tech support with a starter pack of character sprites and other game graphics, PLUS: Marshmallow Run sticker sheets featuring characters from the game, tokens for access to the web and mobile betas, and an animated audio shout-out to their troop in the web game credits.

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    • 10× T-Shirts, your choice of size and version
    • 10× Access tokens to mobile game beta
    • 10× Access tokens to web game beta
    • Marshmallow Shout-Out, Winter Edition
    • 10× Marshmallow Run Sticker Sheets
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    Custom Character, Web + Figurine

    We will develop and name a character after you in Marshmallow Run. We will send you a brief online questionnaire to fill out, and our "designers" will create a character based on that! You will also receive a 3D-printed marshmallow figurine, designed and created by our scouts.

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    Custom Character, Mobile + Figurine

    We will develop and name a character after you for the mobile iOS / Android versions of Marshmallow Run. We will send you a brief online questionnaire to fill out, and our "designers" will create a character based on that! You will also receive a 3D-printed marshmallow figurine, designed and created by our scouts.

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    Scratch Level + Figurine + BETA ACCESS

    Think you've got an awesome idea for Marshmallow Run? Our team of developers will make it come true. We will send you an online questionnaire, and get in touch with you over skype or email to collaborate. You will also receive a 3D-printed marshmallow figurine, designed and created by our scouts. ALSO: receive beta access to the mobile app version of the game

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    Game Level, Web + Figurine + BETA ACCESS

    Think you've got an awesome idea for Marshmallow Run? Our team of developers will make it come true. We will send you an online questionnaire, and get in touch with you over skype or email if we have questions. You will also receive a 3D-printed marshmallow figurine, designed and created by our scouts. ALSO: receive beta access to the mobile app version of the game

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    App Level + Figurine + BETA ACCESS

    Great bragging rights! Think you've got an awesome idea for Marshmallow Run? Our team of developers will make it come true. We will send you an online questionnaire, and get in touch with you over skype or email if we have questions. You will also receive a 3D-printed marshmallow figurine, designed and created by our scouts. ALSO: receive beta access to the mobile app version of the game!

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