Blocks & Lots was produced by a creative team consisting of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, Rosten Woo, and Dr. Pop, with the help of super-coder Jared Sain.
Many other people played early versions of the game, contributed their ideas, and made it better:
- The clever and compassionate health promoters of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation
- Pacoima Beautiful’s leadership team
- UCLA’s 2011 Community Scholars class
- Members of the FourStory crew, including Tony Chavira, Nathan Walpow, Andrea Walpow, Rebecca Schoenkopf, Paul Takizawa
- Hollywood Community Studio
- California Construction Academy including Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Lanita Morris, Uyen Le, Clare Fox, Daniel Villao, Janna Shadduck-Hernandez
- PEG-LA (L.A.’s Pervasive and Environmental Gaming Group)
Support for Blocks and Lots was provided by:
- National Endowment for the Arts
- The California Endowment
- UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Check out our article: Making Blocks and Lots: A Window into Learning and Creativity.
The article describes our experience and what we learned from making the game. It ends with a discussion about how learning more about games and game-making can help us become better popular educators and develop the kind of eco-systems thinking that is needed to address our most daunting urban problems.