Frosby is now Excite-ed's app developer, creating a series of week long App Camps in Hertfordshire schools in the UK. We have now run 5 successful App Camps to complete 5 apps in the TechSafe series. During the week, the children aged 8-13 discuss the e-safety issues they've been having such as stranger contact, privacy, ID theft and cyberbullying online and while using mobile apps. They then create their own artwork and Frosby puts it together and publishes each app to the Appstore and Google Play. The result is a beautifully illustrated, clearly written eBook app containing useful tips and web links straight to the resources that kids and parents need.
Frosby's animator Matt Wasser has recently finished working on 'PlayHaus' - an app for the preschool age group with a striking minimalist style influenced by the Bauhaus. It's a great app in which kids can design their own house out of toy blocks, the rooms then come to life and they can play and learn core skills. The app recently hit the Appstore and was awarded 'New and Noteworthy' by Apple, reaching no.2 in China's education category! Available on iPad:
Frosby has teamed up with Excite-ed to help kids aged 12-15 at Goffs school in the UK to make a game about cyber-bullying. This new and topical issue is very real, and the kids a Goffs won big lottery funding to create an app which highlights this new fear, which has risen through the use of Facebook, mobile messaging and online chat rooms. The game concepts came from the students, with the help of graduate illustrator Astra Cozens and guidance, design and Flash development by Frosby. The solution was to create 3 mini-games: each themed with a different issue about cyberbullying. 'Cybersafe' was our first client app project, and it was hugely rewarding to put our experience into practice. The app was created with Adobe Air and is available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and nearly 3000 supported Android devices.
Excite-ed is a UK Social Enterprise who run online game design programmes in schools, motivating adults to teach 7-18 year olds digital technology through gaming and provide knowledge and skills for a future career in the global games industry. This is also a topical subject, close to our hearts. Ian Livingstone, co-creator of Eidos Games, and ambassador for the uk games industry is currently educating our MPs about the need to improve the UK's skillset in video games. Check out his Next Gen report here.
Excite-ed have just created 'Planet Excite-ed' which features games made by school kids.