Create a video game at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

gamewizardsWAre your kids gamers? Then take them to the Baltimore Museum of Industry to see a new exhibit that lets them create their own video game and encourages them to excel in school at the same time.

The exhibit, "Video Game Wizards — Transforming Science and Art into Games," provides an interactive environment where visitors can explore how their talents, skills and passions could lead to a career in the interactive entertainment industry. Six stations provide an opportunity to meet game makers and learn about their various roles, and allow visitors to make and customize their own game.

Visitors will experience the collaborative process of video game development at every point in the exhibit. At the end of their exhibit experience, visitors are able to play their own game and share it on the exhibit's website with family and friends. They can also play any of the games that have been developed at the exhibit.

One of the primary goals of the exhibit is to convey to children the importance of staying in school, doing well, and learning the skills — in science, technology, engineering, art and math — needed to go into the video game industry or other professional fields.

"This experience will inspire students to someday become creative problem solvers, to take those skills into video game development or any other career of their dreams," says Sid Meier, co-founder and director of Creative Development of Firaxis Games based in Sparks, Md.

The exhibit will run through 2019. For details visit the BMI website.