Our Current Programs
Writing and Content
One of the most important jobs Do a Barrel Roll does is tell stories. Or, to be more specific, we provide a platform for gamers of all stripes, from console to mobile, to tell their stories. Their voices tell us about times in their lives when gaming was an outlet, a way to escape from everyday stories. We hear about how some found community and friendship in LARPing groups and in online clans. They share insights into their lives so that others can use those stories to find their own acceptance and belonging.
But we don't just tell stories. The other half of our content and writing is to source, summarize, and explore new research on gaming. How does virtual reality help teach empathy for others? Is collaborative mobile gaming the future of outdoor play? Knowledge is the ultimate power-up!
BELONGING IN SCHOOL
Having a sense of belonging, of community in school is an essential component of academic achievement. It's why teachers push for student participation in clubs and varsity teams, and why schools try to develop bonds through unified identity - mascots, colours, and cheers. And yet, students, children, and young people may not feel that these avenues are a demonstrable and meaningful part of their identities. They may believe themselves to be alone and isolated from their peers.
Essential to Do a Barrel Roll's programming on community and belonging is to support rich, dynamic, and welcoming spaces inside and outside schools for students, using the mediums of video and board games. We do this in three primary ways:
- Working with schools to create Game Clubs - by partnering with hardware and software providers, game companies, and school boards, we seek to build creative spaces for youth to come together and find community through in-person gaming;
- Establishing school-level e-sports tournaments and leagues - team sports can often improve community and a sense of belonging by encouraging collaboration, partnership, and cooperation in a recreational or competitive environment. Do a Barrel Roll is actively working to build e-sport and board game tournaments and leagues, offering a new community-building mechanism for young people; and,
- Education - we work closely with schools, learning institutions, and community groups to offer education opportunities for students interested in the gaming industry as a career path.
Development in Progress
Development in Progress