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Dennis Reidsma <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Children Workshops

ACE 2013, Netherlands

Location: University of Twente, the Netherlands	
Date: November 13th-15th, 2013

The ACE 2013 Committee invites submissions of proposals for Children 
Workshops in preparation to the Advances in Computer Entertainment 
conference, to be held in Twente, Netherlands, November 13th-15th, 2013.


June 3rd:  Kit submission Deadline
June 18th: Notification of acceptance
July 1st:  Submission deadline for extended abstracts and final kit 

==== Call for Kids Workshops ====

ACE is not only the leading scientific forum in the area of 
entertainment computing for the brightest of minds it is also a forum 
for exploration and inspiration for the youngest of minds.

This year we seek to engage an ever-broader spectrum of younger minds by 
pushing the boundaries of the conference beyond the walls of the 
conference venue and into the classrooms and playgrounds of children 
around the world.

To achieve this goal we are calling developers and researchers in the 
field of entertainment to develop kits that will promote and support 
children tinkering, exploring and creating media forms and elements.

The kits could be composed of physical or digital elements (or any 
combination of both) and should be easily constructed by workshop 
organizers by either downloading the kit from the Internet or by easily 
sourcing out the materials using the instructions provided in the kit.

We would also like to encourage the call participants to develop kits 
that address motor, cognitive and socio-economic challenges so that the 
workshops may be deployed in any location and may address the needs and 
concerns of the widest spectrum of the population.

All submitted kits will go through a review process.  Accepted kits will 
be made available via the conference web site and also distributed to 
schools and child organizations around the world.

Developers of accepted kits will be invited to submit an extended 
abstract for inclusion in the ACE 2013 Proceedings, which will be 
published through a high quality scientific publisher.

During the conference itself we will showcase the workshops conducted 
around the world using the kits, have a variety of panel discussions on 
the development and deployment of the kits and provide a venue for local 
children to engage with the kits.

After the conference the kits will remain available as a resource on a 
dedicated web site.

==== Organization ====

Yoram Chisik (University of Madeira, Portugal)

Nanako Ishido (President of NPO Canvas in Japan)

Betsy van Dijk (University of Twente, Netherlands)

==== Submission Details ====

The kits could be composed of physical or digital elements (or any 
combination of both) and should be easily constructed by workshop 

The activity should be no longer than 120 minutes (this limitation 
relates to the duration of the "gameplay" and excludes time allocated 
for set up, breaks, etc.)

Digital elements should not require anything more than a simple download 
and installation or a web link.

Physical elements should be easily obtainable or easily constructed from 
the provided instruction set.

It is advisable that the kit will be pilot tested with a local group of 
children before submission.

Kit developers should also take an active role in the deployment of 
their kits in their local area by contacting local schools and child 

==== Submission Rules ====

All submissions must be in English.

The submission must include the following:

* An instruction set on how to run the workshop using the kit including:
	- A list of materials needed
	- A specification of the room or environment needed and the layout of 
the room
	- The suitable age range of the children
	- Number of facilitators needed
	- Breakdown of the activity
* The elements required for construction of the kit
	- For digital elements  a link from which the elements can be downloaded
	- For physical elements:
	  --- A listing of the elements required, e.g. paper, scissors, etc.
	  --- If specific shapes are required e.g. characters for an animation, 
etc.  then a PDF template of the characters with cut out instructions 
should be provided
* A document providing an overall description of the workshop, its 
objectives and its expected outcomes based on the developer assumptions 
and observations during the pilot run of the kit.
* A listing of at least 2 local schools or child organizations which 
have agreed to organize a workshop based on the kit.
* Optionally a short video (<5 minutes) describing the kit can be 
included (via a youTube link)

==== Submission Procedure ====

Please submit all materials via the conference submission system, 
accessible from the conference web site at

If you have questions, please contact the Children Workshops chairs at 
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