Aztecs and Coding
Here is a collection of coding games using Scratch interactive media using MakeyMakey , integrating Aztec games, culture and information.
In this collection, I am going to highlight Aztec games and culture to recreate projects that I do in my my own design classroom with my students based on these historical artifacts.
This collection is hopefully an inspiration for young designers and artists to use designs inspired by the Aztec games and culture to make a Scratch game or remix with the examples I have posted in this collection. This collection shows you a pathway to create coding and designs based on these Aztec games and culture, to create games similar in motif and structure to the originals. (This lesson is more focused on 9-18 year olds, but can be adapted for older students, as well as adults with some rewriting and restructuring, especially with coding aspect of the lesson.)
You will be creating and studying these cultural artifacts to gain insight into how they were constructed, drawn, and fabricated. In order to gain perspective on these cultures, the research your students use by viewing and constructing their own coded games/designs will give agency to their work, albeit through the eyes of these people. The students will gain a new understanding and vision of these cultural motifs and what they carry to the viewer.
Students will be creating and researching designs and motifs based on this culture. Once they have constructed and drawn an idea either through digital or non-digital means, they will be rendering their designs in Scratch or another coding app like Processing.
The students will then use these coded games with MakeyMakey and a create a controller like these musical instruments/controllers my students created at Labz at my school Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia.