10/06/15 New games, ‘movie’ castles & healthy walks: Highlights for October 6-12, 2015

New games, ‘movie’ castles & healthy walks: Highlights for October 6-12, 2015


U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy and Mayor Ed Leewith a total of 16,000 students expected to walk or bike to school on Wednesday. Walk and Roll to School Day encourages community members to work together to make their communities safer and more pleasant for walking while promoting physical activity.

When:  Wednesday, Oct. 7 / 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. / Warm up with Rec and Park Director Phil Ginsburg, U.S. Surgeon General Murthy, Mayor Lee, and students / Helen Wills Park (Broadway and Larkin streets)
8:20 a.m. / Walk from park to Spring Valley ES
8:40 a.m. / Celebration at school / 1451 Jackson St.


Game on! The annual Game Design challenge is kicking it up a notch this year as students in Marshall High’s Game Design class will be tasked with creating a brand new game for the social video game company Zynga. Winning designs will be prototyped on the spot by game design professionals. These high school students have been learning digital game design in their computer science class headed by a former Zynga game designer. During this week’s challenge they will have only 90 minutes to develop a prototype and pitch their game. Two winning teams will have their game prototyped by a Zynga engineer by the end of the event. This is the third year of SFUSD’s Game Design Academy, a joint venture of Zynga.org and SFUSD, to bring game design and mentorship to SFUSD high school students at Marshall and Balboa. Game Design Academy is one example of how SFUSD high schools expose students to different careers and integrate the development of 21st century pre-professional skills. (View video of a previous Game Design Night.)

When:   Wednesday, October 7 /11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where:  Thurgood Marshall High School / 45 Conkling St.


Leap’s 32nd Annual Sandcastle Contest will spring to life at Ocean Beach. The theme, “Sand Cinema,” has inspired an array of one-of-a-kind creations, and this year more than 20 SFUSD schools are participating. Leap’s panel of distinguished judges will decide on the “Best in Show” award at the end of the day.

When:    Saturday, October 10 / 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Ocean Beach / between Balboa & Fulton Streets.


All SFUSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, October 12 for Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Dìa de la Raza


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