Written by Carol Jaeger, instructor
If you are wondering what GCHS or Brush Rush means, then you will be interested to learn that Ashley Godbold, Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) game and application development instructor and doctoral candidate, originated the Game Creation Honor Society (GCHS) dedicated to the creation of games and professional development of students. As quickly as Ashley wrote the charter, her students jumped at the opportunity to become members. Holding students accountable to a GPA of 3.0, GCHS provides an environment for creative thinking, collaboration and social awareness and involvement.
The first goal of the honors society was to create a game they call “Brush Rush.” The game is well suited to its name as players rush to brush teeth, using the correct color toothpaste, making the teeth fly and disappear.
Upon launch later this month, proceeds will be given to charitable causes. Earlier in the quarter, GCHS held a fundraising event on campus promoting Brush Rush. Attendees played the game in its early developmental stages, and those who donated even a single dollar will find their names in the iTunes version of the game. Based on feedback from staff and students alike, the game was a crowd pleaser.
To provide firsthand insight about GCHS, its creator and members answered a few questions for us.
What does being a member of GCHS mean to you? Why did you join?
Game and application development (GAD) student Dylan Mathiesen replied, “I joined the honor society because it was a great opportunity to work with a team. Also, being in the GDHS would look good on a resume.”
Dennis Plamann (GAD) said, “I joined to work on real projects with other motivated people.”
What do you like best about being a member of GCHS?
Dylan: “I enjoy being able to learn and work with Unity as a programmer.”
Dennis: “The experience of brainstorming and collaborating with a group of creative and talented individuals.”
What surprised you most about GCHS?
Dylan: “Crazy game ideas we can come up with.”
Dennis: “How well everyone works together.”
How do you believe being a member of GCHS will benefit you in your pursuit of a career in game and application development?
Dylan: “Being able to show potential employers games we’ve made and proof that I can work well in a team environment.”
Dennis: “Getting the opportunity to work on and complete a fully functioning game is invaluable.”
Why did you create GCHS? How do you believe membership will benefit your students?
“Creating an honors society, instead of a club, holds members accountable to project completion. Exposing students to the challenges of creating games in a team setting prepares them for the real world. Students benefit through portfolio pieces they can use during the interview process. In addition, my students will showcase their game at Glitchcon (gaming convention), giving them added visibility,”
What’s more, GCHS is open to MSB students in all programs when eligibility requirements are met. Get involved by contacting Ashley Godbold at firstname.lastname@example.org. To experience Brush Rush for yourself, download the free game in the App store.